ARSENAL are holding talks with Kieran Tierney over a contract extension.

Tierney has put together a raft of impressive performances ever since moving to the Gunners from Celtic in 2019.

The left-back was also among the few stand-out players during the north Londoners' disappointing campaign that saw them finishing eighth and missing out on Europe for the first time in 25 years.

According to Football London, the 24-year-old's hard work is about to be rewarded as the club has decided to offer him a new deal.

Arsenal technical director Edu is set to present a proposed contract offer for the board to sign off.

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Tierney's current deal expires on June 2024 but the Gunners want to tie him down on a long-term basis.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been full of praise for the Scotland international and even sees him as a future captain.

Arteta previously said: “I think he can be Arsenal captain as he has the respect and admiration of every member of the staff and every player.

“It is just the way he is. He does it in a natural way. He is a really shy boy as well but he represents all of us in the club; all of the values that we want to instill and are in the DNA in this club.”

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Arsenal are also on the lookout for a young back-up left-back that would offer Tierney some healthy competition.

Meanwhile, the north Londoners are trying to tie Emile Smith Row down to a new contract as well.

Contrary to recent reports, Smith Rowe is not "close" to signing an extension with the club but the Emirates outfit remains confident.

The young attacking midfielder and Tierney are key players for Arteta as he sees them as part of the team's "British core" alongside Bukayo Saka.

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