On-loan Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney has ruled out the possibility of returning to the Premier League club this January to solve an increasingly pressing problem for Mikel Arteta.
Oleksandr Zinchenko’s form has deteriorated in recent weeks and he missed the 2-1 defeat at Craven Cottage through injury.
Takehiro Tomiyasu, who played the second half of that game, has now linked up with the Japan squad ahead of the upcoming Asia Cup.
Jakub Kiwior has deputised at left-back at times this season, but he has failed to convince in that role. Jurrien Timber, who is capable of playing in that position, is still recovering from the injury he picked up on the opening day of the campaign.
Tierney’s time at Real Sociedad has been hindered by a hamstring strain. And although the 26-year-old insists his relationship with Arteta remains intact, he has no intention of returning to Arsenal this month to help his parent club.
He said: “Several people have already asked me if I was going to return to Arsenal now and the answer is no. I’m going to stay here for sure.
“As for staying here longer, the decision is not mine. But the only thing I can say is that I love playing for Real. And I’m enjoying it very much.”