Arsenal legend Ian Wright is worried over his former club’s reliance on Kieran Tierney after their 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace on Thursday night.
The Gunners had won three league games in a row heading into the game on Thursday evening but were not at their best and were arguably lucky not to lose to the Eagles.
James Tomkins hit the crossbar with a first-half header, the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock during a forgettable contest.
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Tierney withdrew hours before kick-off with an unspecified muscle injury that will require a scan on Friday and Wright was alarmed by how much they missed the left-back against Roy Hodgson’s men.
Wright said (via the Metro): “One player does make such a difference and I think it’s a bit of a worry because you take him (Tierney) out the team and that side doesn’t function.
“And when we are talking about the way Kieran Tierney gets up and down, and we are talking about for the full 90 minutes, he never stops and this is why, you look at someone like Aubameyang today, didn’t quite get the chances he normally gets because Kieran Tierney is normally flashing things in and around the box.
“It didn’t happen today really on either side with the same amount of crosses when Kieran Tierney is playing.
“It has to come from somewhere else. I think the set-pieces today, when you consider Arsenal have a set-piece coach, the balls that were coming in were very good balls they weren’t being attacked very well.
“Those are the things When it’s not quite going for you when you are trying to play your game you’ve got to find another way.”