‘That killed us’ – Kieran Tierney reflects on Arsenal’s narrow defeat to Manchester City

The left-back was annoyed to go behind so early in the match (Pictures: Sky Sports / Getty Images)

Kieran Tierney says Arsenal’s hopes of getting a positive result against Manchester City were ‘killed’ by their slow start against the Premier League leaders in Sunday’s clash at the Emirates.

The Gunners went behind inside the first two minutes after Raheem Sterling netted with a smart header and City looked like they would run away with the match early on, though failed to net again as they comfortably saw out a 1-0 victory.

Tierney, who returned to the side for the first time in a month following a knee injury, felt that early goal gave Arsenal a mountain to club and was at a loss to explain their lack of intensity.

Tierney missed Arsenal’s last five league games with a knee problem (Picture: Getty)

‘It was very tough. We didn’t start well and in the end that’s what killed us really,’ Tierney told Sky Sports after the match.

‘Against a team like Manchester City you can’t afford not to start well in the first five or 10 minutes, they’re going to punish you and they did.’

Asked what went wrong, Tierney continued: ‘It’s hard because nobody goes out there not planning to start well so it’s hard to say exactly what it was.

‘But it’s just something that can happen kind of thing against a top team and they punished us today.’

On whether he feared City could rack up a big score early on, Tierney said: ‘You try not to think like that, you try to think positive because you know when you come up against a team like City, if you go 1-0 down it’s not the end of the world.

Arsenal are sitting in 10th place in the Premier League after the loss (Picture: Getty)

‘They’re playing brilliantly right now but I always believed we could get back in it, we had chances, some parts of the game we did well and were unlucky not to get a goal.’

On how he felt after his first 90 minutes in a month, he added: ‘Just knackered. It was a tough game. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get the full game but I did and it’s 90 minutes under the belt so I’m happy for that and happy that the manager gave me a chance again.’

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