Kieran Tierney faces a wait to make his Arsenal debut after the Gunners admitted that the Scotland defender is still up to six weeks away from returning to full training.
Tierney became the most expensive Scottish player in history on Thursday when he completed his £25 million transfer from Celtic on a ‘long-term deal’.
However, it could be October until Arsenal fans see the 22-year-old in action.
Tierney underwent a double hernia operation during the summer and has been hampered by an Osteitis pubis problem.
The left-back, who is also set to miss Scotland’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers against Russia and Belgium next month, has not played since the May 4 Premiership victory at Aberdeen.
On Tierney’s injury, an Arsenal statement read: “Groin. Will continue to receive treatment and assessments.
“Hoping to integrate into full training in 4-6 weeks.”
Speaking to the Arsenal website, Tierney said: “I had a double hernia operation in the summer. I’m just getting back fit now, I’m just getting back involved with a ball and back running. “So hopefully it’s not going to be too long.
“At Celtic I was training hard, working hard and just looking to get back fit. That was my main focus.”