Tomiyasu only plays 45 minutes against Sevilla but he is a great asset for Arsenal

Takehiro Tomiyasu’s resurgence at Arsenal this season has been nothing short of extraordinary. The Japanese international has displayed remarkable versatility, excelling at left back, central defense, and right back. His consistent performances has led to calls for Arteta to consider benching Oleksander Zinchenko, who has struggled to find his form.

Last season, Tomiyasu endured a challenging period at Arsenal, grappling with injuries that ultimately led to knee surgery. This resulted in him losing his starting position to Ben White, who took over at right back, which led Mikel Arteta to use the Japanese international in verious other defensive roles.

In a recent press conference ahead of the Arsenal vs. Sevilla match, Tomiyasu candidly shared that last season was the toughest of his career. He expressed, “I’m feeling very well. I have struggled with injuries, especially last season. Last season was my toughest season in my career.” Adapting to different roles this season has been a challenge, as he noted, “It’s not easy, and obviously, my role changes each game.”

This season, Tomiyasu seemed to have put his injury troubles behind him, featuring in 10 of Arsenal’s 11 Premier League matches. However, in last night’s Champions League clash against Sevilla, Tomiyasu started but did not return for the second half, with Zinchenko coming on as his replacement. Arteta explained, “He had some discomfort in the first half and we didn’t want to take any risks.”

While another injury setback is a posibility, Arsenal fans can take solace in knowing that Tomiyasu’s battling spirit and versatility remain crucial assets for the team. His return to top form this season has been a source of great encouragement and hopefully he will be not too badly injured.

His fitness has always needed to be monitored, but having Tomiyasu as a defensive backup is a reassuring prospect for the team as our fixture list becomes even more crowded as the season goes on…

Jack Anderson

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  1. Having changed my mind about him and following on from his injury, I think Tomiyasu could be a very very good signing for the club.
    His versatility will be a great asset during the season, but he should also be given the LB berth as his own anyway.
    Great signing by MA and Edu.

  2. The man is a pure Samurai, love his never say die attitude a fans favourite, so versatile and solid

  3. In agreement with all the above comments, not easily distracted he just get on with the work at hand

  4. A very good RB or CB.He is also useful in his current inverted LB role but he is clearly limited in an attacking sense and is never going to hit the byline and cross on the run.All in all a very reliable, versatile member of our squad as is Kwior imo.

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