Tierney joined Arsenal from Celtic on Deadline Day in August last year for £25m – a record fee for a Scottish player.
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But the 22-year-old has admitted in a Q&A on Arsenal’s official website that saying goodbye to the Scottish Premiership champions was tough.
“I would say leaving Celtic was the hardest decision I’d ever had to make and I knew I would always miss Celtic no matter what happens in life.
“But the chance to play for Arsenal was a challenge that when I heard of it, I was just looking forward to it.
“I didn’t move to Arsenal to live in London. I came to London so I could play for Arsenal.
“I miss everything about Celtic. And I always will. I am very grateful for every second I spent playing for the club.”
In his eight months at Arsenal, Tierney has been hugely impressed by teenage forward Gabriel Martinelli and has tipped him to be world-class.
Martinelli, 18, has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season, including three in the Premier League in his debut campaign for Arsenal.
Asked which youth player can be a world-beater in the future, Tierney replied: “I would say Martinelli.
“I think his hunger and drive and his talent together as one is more than enough to be a world-class player for many years.
“When I first did a full training session with the team I was put up against Martinelli and the intensity of his play was honestly mind-blowing and I thought to myself: this is the standard I need to be at to play for Arsenal.”
Tierney has been out with a shoulder injury which he picked up in Arsenal’s win at West Ham last year.
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