Reason Arsenal ace Kieran Tierney has not been playing under Freddie Ljungberg emerges

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Kieran Tierney is dealing with another injury which is compromising his playing time at Arsenal. Tierney joined Arsenal in the summer and was expected to the first-choice left-back. The Scotland international arrived at the Emirates with a hernia issue which meant he spent the first few months on the treatment table.

The 22-year-old has since returned to fitness and made 10 appearances in all competitions.

But in Arsenal’s past two matches under Freddie Ljungberg, Tierney has had to start from the bench.

His lack of minutes has led to confusion about Tierney’s condition and The Athletic say he’s also dealing with a shoulder problem.

Tierney trained this weekend and will be in the squad to face West Ham this evening but it remains to be seen whether interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg will select him over Sead Kolasinac.

Arsenal are in desperate need of a win after going nine games without a victory.

They are 10 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and 11th in the table.

But Ljungberg still believes his side can get into the top four.

“No, I don’t think we should stop talking about the top four,” he said.

“But for us it’s about concentrating on what we’re doing here now and not look up, down, sideways.

“We just need to work on our own game and our own confidence. We need to change this downward spiral.

“It is going to be a great occasion but maybe that is good for our players.

“They can relax a little bit and concentrate on the game and hopefully do what they did when we came out for the second half [against Brighton].”

Ljungberg also called on Mesut Ozil to lead Arsenal out of their current slump by taking responsibility.

“Mesut is a very, very good football player,” he said.

“When he is on the ball and he can do things and things happen.

“I haven’t said I’m going to build the team against specific players but I wanted to play the experienced players when it’s such a difficult situation like it is at the moment.

“I’ve made a conscious choice to put down the older players to take responsibility and change the games.”

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