Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney is set to miss the North London derby at Tottenham next month with a knee injury, according to The Athletic. 

Tierney was absent for the Gunners’ 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday, with manager Mikel Arteta admitting his injury did not look good (BBC Sport).

And The Athletic has now confirmed that the Scotland international will not play any further part in their campaign this season.

The report states he is due to have surgery on his knee later this week which will force him to spend ‘several months’ on the sidelines. 

It serves as a major blow to Arsenal, who will be without Tierney for what is expected to be a crunch fixture in the race for Champions League football against Spurs next month. 

The fixture, which was originally postponed in January due to Covid-19, was finally confirmed to be played on Thursday, May 12 just 10 days before the end of the season. 

Spurs are currently level on points with Arsenal but sit in fourth-place on superior goal difference, although have played one game more. 

Spurs Web Opinion 

Tierney’s injury is a big blow for Arsenal as their cover in that position just doesn’t stack up to his quality. 

No doubt it will be an area that other teams will look to target now as they push for a top-four spot, but this setback could really hinder them. 

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