Kieran Tierney has apologised after he was pictured giving a middle finger to the camera after Arsenal’s superb 2-0 victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final.
The Scotland international, who has not been on the losing side of a domestic cup game he has started since 2016, impressed throughout the match and provided the key assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second goal.
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Tierney has been a revelation for Arsenal in recent weeks
In the midst of Arsenal’s celebrations, Tierney cheekily gave the finger in a picture Aubameyang struck twice to put the Gunners through to their first final since last year’s Europa League defeat against Chelsea in Baku.
Tierney, 23, has been in brilliant form since the restart, having struggled with a string of injury setbacks in his debut campaign in the Premier League.
He is quickly becoming a favourite with Arsenal fans for his dogged and consistent displays at left-back.
However, he was forced to make an apology on social media after an error of judgement showed him swearing in a picture.
He tweeted: “Didn’t realise this was getting posted.
“Was a joke with the kitman. I’m so sorry if it caused anyone offence – wasn’t meant in any way.”
Shortly after, however, a fan replied to Tierney’s apology by suggesting the middle finger could have been for his cancer.
Didn’t realise this was getting posted. Was a joke with the Kitman. I’m so sorry if it caused anyone offence – wasn’t meant in any way. https://t.co/dRGugt1zsW
— Kieran Tierney (@kierantierney1) July 18, 2020
Andreas Eikaasen tweeted: “Let’s just say it was meant for my cancer, mate! Brilliant game today, made my night at the hospital’, along with two laughing emojis.
Tierney wrote back, saying, “That’s exactly what it stood for my man! U legend… get in touch I will send u my shirt from tonight. Keep fighting” with a heart emoji.”
Tierney is winning fans over on and off the pitch Tierney also praised Mikel Arteta following the victory over City.
“I think the manager has mentioned before that we have to suffer together at times like this, in games like this,” he said.
“When we get the ball we want to play, we want to play well but we know sometimes, for five-minute spells, 10-minute spells, we won’t have the ball at all and we just need to stick together.
“I think, tonight we done that. We showed great character and defensively we were very good. We probably took quite a bit of confidence from the Liverpool result.
He added: “It’s been tough. A tough week, a tough few days. It’s a quick turnaround as well to the next game. It’s been like that since the restart but the boys are very happy and working well. Every day is positive and we’re building for something big.”