Kieran Tierney may have just staked his claim to be named Arsenal’s best performer during the international break.
The left-back has played in all three of Scotland’s World Cup qualifiers against Austria, Israel, and the Faroe Islands, but turned on the style on Wednesday night.
As the hosts eased to a 4-0 win at Hampden Park, Tierney played a huge role in three of the goals.
It took the Arsenal defender just seven minutes to record his first assist of the night as he teed up Aston Villa’s John McGinn to break the deadlock and set Scotland on their way to three crucial points.
The same pair combined eight minutes into the second half to make it 2-0 before Tierney made it a hat-trick of assists on the hour mark as Che Adams was next to benefit from his service.
Perhaps the most impressive factor about the 23-year-old’s performance was the fact he started the night playing on the left-hand side of a back three.
This is because Scotland are blessed at left-back with the other option being that of Liverpool’s Andy Robertson – who many regard as the best in his position in Europe right now.
Therefore, in order to get both in the same side, the latter operates in a left-wing back position which means Tierney plays as a centre-half, which he is used to having done so under Mikel Arteta towards the end of last season and at the start of the 2020/21 campaign.
But clearly, he had the license to get forward and did so to devastating effect.
Interestingly, Tierney’s performance came just three days before he and Robertson will line up against each other when Arsenal welcome Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium in a huge Premier League clash.
And to build-up to the game, some Gunners have suggested that they have Scotland’s best left-back in their ranks.
A claim that has been backed up by a few Celtic fans too.
Take a look at what’s been said on Twitter…
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@AFCWaIter said: “Tierney will show Robertson how its done for the second time this week.”
@EditsDk15 said: “Tierney playing LCB to accommodate for Robertson and getting 3 assists, outshining him in every aspect, what a player.”
@joelafc91 said: “Tierney playing at centre back, 3 assists. Andy Robertson could never. My left back.”