Shankland earns first Scotland call-up as Tierney misses out

Shankland earns first Scotland call-up as Tierney misses out

Shankland earns first Scotland call-up as Tierney misses out

Mesut Ozil's Arsenal career hit a new low when the German World Cup victor failed to make the squad for Thursday's Europa League tie against Standard Liege.

Emery's side have been vulnerable in defence since the start of the campaign, conceding in six of their nine games in all competitions.

Missing out on a starting berth in the Gunners' opening Europa League win over Eintracht Frankfurt, Emery hinted that the young Brazilian could earn his first start in European competition at the Emirates Stadium, with Alexandre Lacazette injured and star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang possibly in line for a rest.

He told the club's website: "No, I asked Kieran yesterday because we are waiting first to be with us consistently playing and after his injuries, each step is important to do them with being consistent".

Unai Emery says Kieran Tieney is fit to face Standard Liege in the Europa League after missing the draw with Manchester United.

"For tomorrow we are thinking - it depends on the training we are going to do now - how he is feeling but if he is feeling well tomorrow he is going to play..."

"He is going to play tomorrow and hopefully he can be good, physically and tactically, with the performance we need". Yes, it's essential. However I believe it's one course of, to be sturdy, to be aggressive defensively and offensively. "Even when Kieran Tierney was here I said it would be a big challenge for both of us if he stayed here". The visitors pushed for a consolation near full-time, but were unsuccessful as the Gunners held on to a successive clean sheet to top Group F in fine style with back-to-back wins. Tomorrow is a good opportunity, he is ready to play.

Stressing that, if club were taking precautions with the player then his country should as well, Emery continued: "We think now is not the time for him to go with [Scotland]".

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