Injury expert uses Takehiro’s injury to show how Arsenal lacks depth

Arsenal offloaded a number of players that were deemed not good enough in the January transfer window.

While other clubs added players to their squad, Mikel Arteta’s side didn’t add anyone.

Instead, it allowed the likes of Calum Chambers and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave.

These departures left a huge void to be filled at the Emirates, and the club has to wait until the summer to make signings.

With an important second half of the campaign coming up, that decision could prove disastrous.

Recently, Takehiro Tomiyasu had to play through pain in a game and aggravated his injury.

The Premier League injury expert, Ben Dinnery believes it shows Arsenal has a lack of depth, and it would affect them.

He tells Football Insider: “Against Liverpool Arteta admitted that in an ideal world that he would have come off.

“But he played through the pain and that probably went a little way to exacerbating that problem.

“In Cedric Soares, they do have a like-for-like replacement. He is an option but he doesn’t have the manager’s confidence as much.

“Ben White could also shuffle across but they don’t have huge availability at centre-back. That could be significant in these latter stages of the season.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

The way we end this season will justify if we were right not to have signed any player in the last transfer window.

This season has been a tough one, but Arteta’s side has looked in control of most matches so far.

If we can keep that level of performance until the end of the season, we could defy the odds and end it inside the top four. But our players need to stay fit before we can achieve that.

Tags Ben Dinnery Takehiro Tomiyasu


  1. It’s a gamble not to reinforce the squad, it may not matter, or injuries could kill off any potential for a good run to end the season.

    Someone like Chambers whose contract ends in the Summer can play 3 positions; CB, RB, and DM. 5 months of wages is worth the insurance he brings in case of injury.

  2. Not keeping Chambers (Villa) or Niles loan as a 3rd RB option is strange because the salary saving is minimal. Mari Kolasinac were next to useless. Aubameyang too expensive and getting rid was wise. Signing another CB/striker cover on loan would have been useful. Maybe they were so focussed on getting Vlahovic saving salary was deemed to be essential? “This season has been a tough one, but Arteta’s side has looked in control of most matches so far”. Against Spurs Leeds Westham Newcastle + Leicester we were dominant. Don’t think we were in control v City 0-5, Liverpool 0-4 Chelsea 0-2. Everton, Utd Brentford. The two Burnley games. Draws with Palace + Brighton were hardly walks in the park 🙂

  3. Ben Dinnery injuries expert and not squad strength expert. We have enough cover and why do people fall for these false stories from no nothing experts we have never heard of?

  4. 16 games left.
    All are winnable. Some more than others.
    11 very winnable games.
    Brentford Wolves Southampton Villa Brighton Watford Palace Everton Newcastle Leicester Leeds, .
    33 points. = Total 72 points.
    Draws with Man Utd Westham and Spurs would be significant. 3 points. = 75 points.
    Ensures top 4.
    We could then afford to lose to both Liverpool and Chelsea though a point is possible from both.
    My estimated points total 73 and 4/5.

    1. Winnable games?

      In PL every match is a potential banana skin

      My prediction is 5th but hoping for 4th or even 3rd

    2. FF, Were you a pro bettor as I am, you would know that THIS season your predicted 73 points will CERTAINLY achieve fourth place.

      I do not see us achieving that many points but still make us marginal favourites of the five teams chasing fourth place. Some folk are foolishly overlooking Wolves but I do not!

      I think any team getting 69-70 points, possibly even fewer, will achieve fourth.

  5. How in Gods name is Cedric a “like for like” replacement for Tomiyasu?

    Good does NOT equal bad, which it would need to do, if it were REALLY “like for like”.

    Why are clear lies and obvious untruths not more challenged than they are?

    I seem to be almost alone in challenging such clear lies, at times!

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