Arsenal explain Kieran Tierney’s absence from squad to face Aston Villa as Alexandre Lacazette starts

Kieran Tierney has started all of Arsenal’s eight games so far this season (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have confirmed that an ankle injury has ruled Kieran Tierney out of their Premier League match against Aston Villa.

Tierney has been a mainstay for the Gunners so far this season, having started all eight Premier League games before tonight.

But the 24-year-old has suffered a ‘bruised right ankle’, according to a club statement.

The Scotland international has been replaced by Nuno Tavares in the starting XI and is one of three changes to the team that drew with Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Speaking before the match, Arteta explained why he opted for the young Portugease star over the likes of Sead Kolasinac and Cedric Soares.

‘He’s a development with huge talent, Kieran is out with an injury. We want to give chances to young players and we have faith in him,’ he said.

Alexandre Lacazette has impressed off the bench in recent matches (Picture: Getty)

Arteta has also decided to start striker Alexandre Lacazette over Nicolas Pepe following his impressive substitute appearances in Arsenal’s last two games against Brighton and Crystal Palace.

‘I think he totally deserves a chance, the way he conducts himself, he missed a few games at the start of the season due to covid, and then he reacted in the right way,’ Arteta added.

‘He showed the commitment he showed last game and he deserves a chance.’

More to follow..

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