After their Community Shield victory over Liverpool, Arsenal full-back Kieran Tierney said the club deserves to be in the top four of the Premier League and in the Champions League.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winning penalty in a shoot-out to secure the Community Shield at Wembley on Saturday as FA Cup holders Arsenal beat Premier League Champions Liverpool 5-4.
Takumi Minamino’s first Liverpool goal canceled Aubameyang’s 12th-minute opener in London where Arsenal’s transition continued in the curtain-raiser of the new season under head coach Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal only managed to finish eighth last season, consigned to Europa League football for a fourth consecutive campaign but Tierney insisted confidence is on the rise at Emirates Stadium.
“The spirit is one of the main things in the changing room, belief and spirit and we’ve got that, we’re building on it,” he said. “We’re just looking to continue and keep building this way.
“Think that comes from the manager and the staff. It’s continued from what we’ve done last season and building on it. When we came back in last week we’ve just continued. We’ve never had too long off so last season doesn’t feel too long ago.
“Coming into games like this we’re starting to believe more and more and I think that’s what it’s all about, belief and spirit.
Mikel’s drilled that into us since day one, defensive organisation and the transition. That’s what we do every day in training, we watch videos on it. It’s not by luck and it’s not by chance. It’s by hard work.
“The fans and the club deserve to be in the Champions League. They deserve to be top four and we want to do as well as we can, as best as we can and put up a fight in every single came we come up against this year.”
Arsenal are set to open their 2020-21 Premier League season at newly promoted Fulham on September 11.