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A Kieran Tierney knee injury could sideline him for the season as Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta provides an update after replacing Nuno Tavares at half-time in the Premier League defeat by Crystal Palace

Arsenal may have to end the season without left-back Kieran Tierney.

Manager Mikel Arteta revealed a knee injury that kept him from the 3-0 defeat by Crystal Palace looks serious, which will have fans worried about the club’s chance of finishing in the Premier League’s top four.

Tavares replaced Tierney in defense but Palace sliced ​​up the defense to take a 2-0 lead at half-time

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Tavares replaced Tierney in defense but Palace sliced ​​up the defense to take a 2-0 lead at half-time

Tierney returned from duty in Scotland with a knee injury that could rule him out for the season

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Tierney returned from duty in Scotland with a knee injury that could rule him out for the season

Arsenal were blown away by their London rivals at Selhurst Park, ensuring Tottenham stayed in fourth place.

The first two goals were attributed to Nuno Tavares, who was recalled in place of Tierney, but for the second game in a row he was substituted at half-time when Arteta had seen enough.

However, he lasted longer than his previous start when he was on the hook after 35 minutes against Nottingham Forest.

“Today it was just a tactical reason,” explained Arteta.

“How I wanted to do it with what Palace were doing there and how we could attack much better in that position and control the game brought another attacking midfielder to that position in Emile. I’m sorry it was Nuno again, but we had to do it.”

Gabriel Martinelli took his place, but Wilfried Zaha ended the game with a penalty in the 74th minute.


Arteta made the decision to replace Tavares at half-time but may have to call him back soon

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Arteta made the decision to replace Tavares at half-time but may have to call him back soon

Arteta said of Tierney afterwards: “He came back from his international assignment and felt something was wrong in his knee.

“We scanned it and there is some damage.

“He’s seeing the specialist on Tuesday and hopefully we’ll know more but it’s not looking good.”

And if he is out for the season, that will be extremely problematic with nine games remaining, including games against Chelsea and Man United, before the end of April.

“[Arteta] made a little change at the back, substituting Tavares who was involved in the first two goals and luckily wasn’t on the pitch for the third,” Jason Cundy told The Sports Bar on talkSPORT afterwards.

“Before the game, Wayne Rooney told Monday Night Football that he thought Tierney would be a bigger failure for Palace than Michael Olise and I wasn’t sure but he was absolutely right.”

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