Kieran Tierney has been slammed by Paul Merson who claims the Arsenal star is "trying to do everything".

The Scot has been a standout since moving to the Emirates from Celtic back in the summer of 2019.

During his Gunners career Tierney has played in a variety of different positions and systems but has most often be used as a full-back.

He has played in all five of Arsenal's games this term so was part of a defence that shipped nine goals in the opening three games.

Since then the Gunners have kept successive clean sheets but Merson still feels as if Tierney is taking on too much which is hindering his performances.

Kieran Tierney has been criticised for trying to do too much in defence

He told 90min : “He's trying to do everything instead of doing his job, like stopping crosses, he’s trying to do everything, so he is caught in between. Stop the cross or get back into a position.”

Tierney has had his injury problems at Arsenal but when available has been a guaranteed starter.

The 24-year-old recently signed a new deal at the Emirates and Mikel Arteta made his feelings clear on the full-back.

He said in the summer: “Again, it is young, hungry, talented, and people with huge desire and again he has all four ingredients – and he didn’t want to talk about anything other than staying here."

The Spanish coach remains under pressure, although six points from the last two games has eased it somewhat.

Arsenal need to improve on last season's midtable finish but are already playing catch up.

A lack of European football will be advantageous as the year draws on but Merson concedes Arteta would've benefited from having a job before he took on the Arsena role.

He added: "Arteta has come from being a very good coach at Man City, to come in and be a manager of a big football club was a hard task.

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"I think he needed a job before that and I feel sorry for him in that way but to win an FA Cup with what he's had is still a feat."

A win for Arsenal at the weekend will see them draw level on points with their north London rivals.

Tottenham come into the game having suffered consecutive 3-0 losses and need to rediscover some of their early season form.

Arsenal won this fixture last term thanks to an Alexandre Lacazette penalty.

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