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Arsenal’s move for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney is in doubt due to a chronic injury, per The Sun.
Tierney, per the report, is wanted by the Gunners and has been chased by Unai Emery all summer.
The north London club had wanted to pay £20m for the defender in instalments.
But Lennon has revealed that he remains injured, with The Sun claiming he feels pain in his stomach and groin whenever he kicks a ball and could miss up to eight weeks of action.
He said: “He’s still injured and he’s rehabbing.
“He had a double hernia and he still has the Osteitis pubis problem so it’s a slow burner that one.”
Accordingly, it’s alleged that Tierney’s injury problems could put the end to a summer switch to the Emirates.
This will come as a significant blow to Emery’s transfer plans.
A move for Tierney would have strengthened the club’s full-back ranks but there does not appear to be much point in the club signing a player who is injured.
The Gunners have done some good business already this summer, most notably the club-record acquisition of Nicolas Pepe from Lille, but Tierney would have been the icing on the cake.
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Now, though, it appears the club may have to alter their plans; they still need a full-back to serve as a long-term replacement to 33-year-old Nacho Monreal.
Sead Kolasinac, meanwhile, was mainly utilised as a wing-back last season.
Arsenal now have to make a decision: either they bide their time and come back in for Tierney down the line, or they simply shelve plans to buy him and chase someone else.
Time is running out.