Tierney on his wait for league debut and why ‘massive’ Arsenal deserve to be in Champions League

Kieran Tierney is convinced Arsenal deserve to be in the Champions League.

The Scottish left-back featured as the Gunners thrashed Standard Liege in the Europa League.

But a return to Europe’s top competition is the club’s aim and Tierney believes they are capable of securing a top-four finish this season.

“The club is a massive club and deserve to be in the Champions League,” he told reporters.

“We know the ambitions of the club and the supporters and we’re all in it together and hopefully we can do that.

“We’ve got the potential, we’ve got the ability.”

Tierney’s still waiting for his Premier League debut – much to the frustration of the many Arsenal fans who want boss Unai Emery to select him.

“I’m just doing my best every day, I work hard, the manager trusts me and I’m giving 100%,” Tierney said.

Emery praised Arsenal’s youngsters after the resounding win.

Gabriel Martinelli scored twice and, as well as Tierney, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson also impressed.

And Emery suggested at his post-match press conference that he plans to give young players more opportunities in his team.

“My responsibility now is to give them chances,” said Emery, who left out Mesut Ozil.

“When I decided he shouldn’t be in the squad it’s because I think other players deserved it more.

“He needs to continue working. Tomorrow we have training with the players who didn’t play, and on Sunday we have another match, and we are going to decide the same.

“Our target is to win on Sunday against Bournemouth, and we want to carry on our same way in each match.”