Arsenal have recorded five consecutive Premier League victories – including Boxing Day’s 5-0 defeat to Norwich – to send the Gunners to fourth place in the table
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Kieran Tierney is determined to prove Arsenal can go toe-to-toe with the big boys of the Premier League.
Arsenal in form have enjoyed five consecutive victories in all leagues which have brought them to fourth place in the table and dreamed of a Champions League place.
But they have tougher tests ahead with Manchester City at the Emirates on Saturday, followed by Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.
Arsenal had a nightmare start to the campaign when they lost their first three games – including defeats to City and Chelsea – and could not even manage a goal.
But Tierney says they now aim to take their newly found confidence from their winning run to show that they are improving as a team and ready to compete with the elite.
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Tierney, who was on target at the demolition of Arsenal with five goals from Norwich on Boxing Day, said: “That is the goal. We want to be the best we can every day and we are building on that. I think that people the last few months can see that we are getting better.
“We’re getting more consistent. We’re also scoring more goals, so we just have to move in that direction.
“We run together. We are happy, we play well and we score goals. We get there.
“It was good at Norwich. I’m always happy to score and I think it was a very important time to get the second one too, just for rest. I buzzed of course.”
Tierney is one of the leaders in the group, a strong voice in the locker room and sets an example on the field.
But he also believes that young players like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe are thriving in this environment – and have many good years ahead.
Tierney said: “We have a very young team and it’s brilliant to see. Hopefully for years we will all play together and grow together. I think you can see that last year or something.”
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Tierney admits that every Arsenal fan and player wants to return to the Champions League as they have been out of Europe’s elite league since 2016.
But that is now the goal for Arsenal and it can be seen as ambitious a few weeks back, but now they have given themselves a real chance.
Tierney added: “It’s obviously what every Arsenal fan, player and staff wants, but there’s a long way to go. We can not prevent ourselves yet. There are big games coming up and there are a lot of games coming up, so there is still a long way to go [to go]. ”