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Kieran Tierney has been rewarded with a new long-term contract at Arsenal. 

The left-back only signed from Celtic in 2019, but has committed himself to the Premier League giants until the summer of 2026 with a new five-year deal.

Shoulder and hip injuries curtailed Tierney's involvement during his first season at Arsenal, but the 2020-21 campaign saw the 24-year old establish himself as a key member of Mikel Arteta's side.

He's found himself alternating between left-wing back, and the left side of a three-man defence as he was deployed by Scotland during their Euro 2020 campaign.

Arteta said, "This is great news for us today. As manager of the club, speaking on behalf of the coaching staff and the entire staff, it’s a pleasure to work with KT.

"His quality, energy, commitment and professionalism, not only on matchdays, but every day in training are always at such a high level.

"KT gives us so much extra strength both defensively and offensively and it’s great to know that he’ll be with us for the long term.

"Since his move from Celtic, his work ethic and quality has ensured that he is already one of most exciting players in the Premier League and a hugely important part of our team, both on and off the pitch.

"I know all the fans will join me, the players and staff in looking forward to seeing KT playing in an Arsenal shirt for a few more years!”

Arsenal technical director Edu added, "We are so pleased to have agreed a new long-term deal with Kieran.

"Anyone who has seen him play will recognise very quickly that he is a player of huge ability, but I can tell you that he is also a player with a fantastic attitude and mentality.

"Kieran’s new contract is not just about the present and next season, it’s with a long-term vision and Kieran being an integral part of the future of the club.”

After securing Tierney's future, Arsenal are keen to tie up Emile Smith Rowe to a new deal.

The 20-year old playmaker is contracted until 2023, but his increased role in the first-team has seen the need for better terms.

Aston Villa have already had a bid rejected for Smith Rowe.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are edging closer to the signing of England defender Ben White.

According to The Athletic, his club Brighton value White at £50million (€58.m). Arsenal have proposed a package of £45million upfront, with £5million in potential add-ons.

Talks are set to continue, with the move looking increasingly likely.

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