Tomiyasu’s comeback as Arsenal’s centre-back against Brentford was excellent

Mikel Arteta wanted us to be unpredictable this season, to catch teams off guard, and that’s exactly what he’s doing. For example, against Brentford in the Carabao Cup, he could have easily started Tomiyasu at right back, his original position when he joined us, but instead he slotted him at central defence to replace William Saliba and play alongside Gabriel, while our original £50 million centre back, Ben White, retained his right back position.

Tomiyasu performed at centre defence against Brentford, demonstrating why he could be the best 1 on 1 player in our squad, with nothing getting past him.

He put up a tireless display, not only playing at centre back but also at right back in the final 20 minutes of the game. He produced some excellent tackles and interceptions to prevent Brentford from equalising.

Prior to the Carabao Cup match on Wednesday, the Japanese international had only appeared in one league game for Arsenal. He played left back in that game. His ability to play central defence and right back other than left back demonstrates how valuable he is to us.

Although it is expected (or hoped) that Saliba will have an injury-free season, Tomiyasu could be the ideal backup for him.

How impressed were you with Tomiyasu’s performance against Brentford on Wednesday night?

His stats were as follows:

90 minutes played
72 touches
46 passes completed
9 passes into the final third
3 times possession won
1 ground duel won
3 aerial duels won
6 clearances
3 blocked shots
1 tackle
1 last-man tackle

Darren N


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  1. I know I may be in the few but I really rate Tomiyasu alot, I believe he’s our second best defender slightly behind saliba. The injury he had last season really affected him, I’m glad he’s back in good shape now.

    1. Leno
      I don’t believe you are in the minority
      Like you I highly rate him
      Plays, left, right and center and not only plays there but plays in all positions with a purpose and not just making up the numbers
      A key part of our squad if we are to keep moving forward
      I hated the rumours when it was said we could off load him.
      He is looking just as good before his injury

  2. Coming back to full fitness and the stats suggest that he is one of MA’s better buys. A great squad player.

  3. He is very good at defending and looked perfect to be Saliba’s backup. If he can stay fit, I think he’ll be very useful for our title aspirations

    1. Not surprised at Tomiyasu performance at CB. I am happy Arteta realized that he almost didn’t put a foot wrong yesterday considering Brendford used their string team. Hope he stays fit.

  4. Yes its a welcome sight to see the Japanese international back, he’s expected to play a huge part in the different campaigns we have coming up

  5. Tomiyasu is the second best pure defender in the squad, behind Gabriel. He contributes almost none in attack but you can bet on your house he can man-mark any player in the world. Great pro and terrific person. He looks more important now since Holding left.

  6. Its now up to Arteta to utilise him Properly. I’ve watched him perform admirably well internationally for Japan at C.B. I believe given an opportunity he will always perform for us as shown yesterday.
    Let there be matches where either of Saliba or Gabriel is rested and Tommy plays Instead of him rotting on the bench.That will ease on burn out and Injuries as witnessed last season.

  7. A fully fit Tomi should be in the starting line up I’ve been saying that for very longtime he’s different class to Ben
    White the trouth is we don’t have a great back four and
    It will cost us of any chance of winning the league let alone
    The champions league. Put that right and add another
    Midfielder & top center forward and that gives Arsenal a
    Fighting chance.

  8. I think we are very well covered at centre back with Tomi and Kwior proving to be able deputies for Saliba and Gabriel.That is without including White and the unfortunate Timber who ,prior to his injury was first choice right sided CB for the Netherlands.I wonder what role Arteta had in mind for Timber before he signed him?From what I have seen of him he could well be used as a DM to support Rice or Partey who may well be on his way at the end of the season.Let’s hope his injury does not diminish his skills, pace and tenacity which is a feature of his playing strengths.

  9. Tomi is fantastic in defense. I think he is second to Saliba or at worst third after Saliba and Gabi. Ben white and Kiwior does not come close to him, Ben is only better in right back due to his attacking threats. If Arteta wants a solid central defense he should play Saliba, Gabi or Tomi

  10. Said it before we lost the league because we lost saliba AND tomi in the same game for the rest of the season. With tomi we wouldn’t have struggled this much.

  11. Tomiyasu is a great player and someone very reliable. His versatility to play anywhere across the back 4 is amazing. We have a very strong defence and long may it continue. I was also impressed by the performances of Ramsdale and Jorginho, we have a strong team this season and should go all out for as many titles as possible.

  12. I don’t know if anyone is taking note. That Kiwior guy seems a very good player. I think we have a decent player in him

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