Bellerin and Tierney still at least a week away, says Arsenal coach Emery

Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are still at least a week from returning to action with Arsenal, coach Unai Emery confirmed.

Spain international Bellerin twisted his knee in January and has been out ever since, while Tierney – a pre-season arrival from Celtic – has a groin injury he suffered before moving clubs.

The club confirmed on Thursday the pair had returned to full training.

But neither is ready to feature in Sunday’s trip to Watford, with Emery adamant they need a minimum of another week’s training and potentially involvement with the under-23s.

“We need to look at the next steps in each training and also if we decide to play with under-23s, maybe they can take confidence, better rhythm and then be ready to play with us at 100 per cent,” Emery said of the pair in Friday’s pre-match news conference.

“They did this week the first time training normally with us. We want the next week to take the normality training with us.

“After that week we can decide how they are to start playing with the under-23s and us [the first team].”

Sunday’s match will be Watford’s first since dismissing coach Javi Gracia and reinstating former boss Quique Sanchez Flores as his replacement.

Despite the change, Emery is not anticipating huge alterations to the team from Sanchez Flores.

“They finished with Javi Gracia and did a very great season last year. Now they’ve signed a very great coach also with Quique Sanchez Flores,” Emery said.

“We [Emery and his staff] played against him in Spain, his teams are very organised. He has a good experience here in England and the Premier League with Watford. I respect him a lot.

“He is going to know the team and players. He knows some players because he trained there three years ago. He’s going to do well.

“I really respect every coach. I think now with Sanchez Flores they will continue working well like they were doing with Javi Gracia.

“We are going to respect them, prepare the match thinking about us and after respecting their characteristics.

“Their characteristics are going to be the same. They are going to push a lot with their supporters, they have very good players.”

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44 Thoughts to “Bellerin and Tierney still at least a week away, says Arsenal coach Emery”

  1. ibyemi Kelly blessing

    Brilliant maych

    1. Mustapha Tunde

      Emery says bellerin and Tierney closer to come back from injury

    2. Reginald Elejere

      Young boys playing well. I would like to be a footballer but, My education no gree

    1. Uchenna Uzuh

      Abeg quick recovery

  2. Godwin Oyetunde

    Good news for arsenal

  3. abiodun akindele Daniel

    Quick recovery man

  4. Siyanbade Afisat

    Quick recovery

  5. Adegunwa Adeola Victoria


  6. Izukanne Chimuanya

    Hector Bellerin

  7. Emmanuel Pelumi

    Quick recovery

  8. Emmanuel Taiwo


  9. Emmanuel chinonyerem okereke

    Good news for arsenal

  10. Temitope Temmy

    That’s a good update here

  11. Toscobaby2000 Oluwafemi

    Quick recovery dudes

  12. Fikayo Lawal

    good news for arsenal

  13. Ihiegbule Henry

    Hope to see them in action anytime soon

  14. Nkiruka Umetali

    chain!quick recovery

  15. Aikhoje Solomon

    Great news for Arsenal. More depth in full back position

  16. Usiakpor Happiness

    The Lord is your strength

  17. Adamu Garba

    Great news for Arsenal. More depth in full back position

  18. Nancy Christopher

    this guy’s really need to be back in the team

  19. Oluyemi Owolabi

    That’s a good news for Arsenal

  20. Izukanne Chinazo

    God’s healing

  21. Chidera Obulu

    They are both good players

  22. Joesmart Chukwu

    Good players they are

  23. Okorochukwu Daniel

    Good news Arsenal… They re good players

  24. Uwalaka Paul

    We really need then back… Our defense has been whack

  25. Modestus Chinonso

    That’s good news,thanks giftalworld

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