Arsenal coach Unai Emery did not release new signing Kieran Tierney for Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers and also didn’t feature him against Manchester United because the Scot was still in rehabilitation from a surgery in May despite featuring the Carabao cup last month.
The coach could have risked him against United but chose to rest him so he can fully recover. The Scottish Left Back may earn a start when Arsenal host Standard Liege on Thursday.
“We are thinking it is not the moment to work with Scotland,” Emery said.
“The doctor told us it is better to be here preparing for the next match.”
“We are taking precautions. He didn’t play in Manchester because he had a small problem – not important – but the doctor told us that it’s better for him to be here, working alone,” added Emery.
“Thursday is a good opportunity, because he is ready to play.
“He will take minutes, he will take confidence and will be able to show his progress.”
Emery will rotate his squad for this match as there are big fixtures coming for the Gunners in the EPL and also give the level of the players he has at his disposal he can afford to rotate.
“If they deserve to play, give them chances to play,” Emery said. “If they are playing well, they have more chances to be with us and to play in more matches.”
Gabriel Martinelli and Reiss Nelson will be in contention to start, with Mesut Ozil also likely to come into the side.
Asked if the German midfielder could go out on loan in January, Emery said: “He’s our player now.”