Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is going to “confuse” Kieran Tierney by playing him at centre-half and left-back, according to Gunners legend Tony Adams.
Tierney, 23, has hit the ground running at Arsenal since completing a £25million move from Celtic in 2019, playing a crucial part in their FA Cup triumph last season.
The Scotland international operates primarily as a left-back, but Arteta has regularly deployed him as one of three central defenders this term.
Adams fears the Gunners manager could befog his young star by doing so, insisting he should be used in his best position.
“I think Tierney has got it all, he’s got a fantastic attitude,” he said on Sky Sports’ The Football Show.
“He’s someone you can really work with but to play him left-side centre-half, and then sometimes playing him left back, the kid’s going to get confused.
“You’ve got to put him in at left-back and work with him.
“I think he can be a real talent when he bombs down that left.”
Arsenal have endured a disappointing start to the new season, with their conclusive 3-0 defeat against Aston Villa on Sunday their fourth in eight games.
The Gunners were outplayed by Villa in north London and could have been humiliated even further on another night.
“It was such a poor performance coming off of the Manchester United game and I think Arteta was trying to be too clever,’ Adams said.
“He’s gone back into the three, offloaded three with [Hector] Bellerin popping in to make the four into midfield and Tierney for me is in that too narrow position, he’s a left-back for me.
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“Every full-back who has come to the club in the last five years, maybe more, has never been taught how to play full-back. They’ve become kind of wingers, they bomb on and it leaves the central defenders isolated.
“And I don’t care how good you are, if Rob Holding is left one-vs-one, at some point that forward is going to get the better of you over the course of the game.”
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