Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin step up comebacks by playing for Arsenal Under-23s

Arsenal fans finally caught a glimpse of new signing Kieran Tierney as he turned out for the club’s Under-23s.

The Scottish defender joined Arsenal in a £25m deal from Celtic but has been made to wait to take to the field after undergoing surgery last season.

But Tierney played an hour as the Gunners’ youngsters faced off against their Wolves counterparts on Friday evening.

He was joined in the Arsenal starting line-up by Hector Bellerin, who has been out of action since January.

The right-back suffered a serious knee injury against Chelsea but has stepped up his comeback.

Both players got a decent hour on the pitch with Bellerin looking the more comfortable of the pair.



Kieran Tierney of Arsenal

Unai Emery confirmed the pair would play for the Under-23s following his side’s victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.

Tierney and Bellerin, who have been in full training for the last couple of weeks, will now be eyeing their returns to first-team action.

And their chance may come as early as next week, with Arsenal in Carabao Cup action against Nottingham Forest at the Emirates on Tuesday.



Hector Bellerin of Arsenal

Emery is likely to again give his youngsters a chance to impress after starring in Germany.

Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka were among those to come in with the latter scoring one and making two more in the 3-0 success.

Speaking afterwards, he said: “I take a lot of confidence from the Frankfurt game. It was my first goal and I also managed to get two assists so I’m very happy with my performance.

“There will be a lot of opportunities in the Europa League. That’s how I made my debut last season and I hope I can continue to get more and more opportunities.”

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