Kieran Tierney dedicates FA Cup medal to Arsenal’s fans

Kieran Tierney dedicated his FA Cup winner’s medal to the fans who have helped him through the “toughest year of his life.”

It was a strange and surreal Wembley final played out behind closed doors with no fans allowed and was never going to feel the same because the day is always about the atmosphere, crowd and colour.

But Tierney immediately thanked the Arsenal

supporters for their backing during a turbulent first year at the club when he has struggled with injuries, form and confidence.

Arsenal defender Tierney now feels they “are building something” under Mikel Arteta but was also at pains to pay tribute to the fans after the Wembley success.

Kieran Tierney has endured a challenging year at Arsenal
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Tierney said: “It’s been so high and so low at different times but everyone at the club and the fans have been brilliant with me since I came in and this one is for them.

“It’s brilliant. It’s been the toughest year of my life and I couldn’t have picked a better ending for the season and there’s so many people I want to thank… my family, my friends and the manager for putting his trust in me and I shared a moment with him at the end.

“The manager has had a big impact on this squad. We’re building something, going somewhere and we’re improving.

Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley to lift the trophy
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“This is a process and we will have some bad results and ups and downs but we all trust in this process 110 per cent.

“The best is yet to come from the team. We’re building something here. I’ve been saying that after lockdown. After the Man City defeat, we’ve made progress. People can see we’re building something and getting somewhere.

“There’s no better feeling that winning trophies. It’s been a rollercoaster here but to finish it like this is just brilliant.”

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