Arsenal handed injury blow ahead of trip to Villa Park

Takehiro Tomiyasu - Arsenal

Arsenal have been handed an injury blow ahead of their Premier League clash against Aston Villa this weekend. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed that defender Takehiro Tomiyasu will miss the game at Villa Park on Saturday.

So far this season, Tomiyasu has been used as a back-up for both left-back and right-back. Despite primarily being a right-back, he has been pretty good even on the opposite flank.

The 25-year-old sustained a calf injury in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Wolves last weekend. There was hope he would be passed fit to feature against Luton Town but in the end he was left out of the squad.

The manager and player both confirm a worst-case scenario

Following their dramatic last minute victory over Luton Town on Tuesday night, Arteta confirmed the worst-case scenario for Takehiro Tomiyasu. The manager said: “We had a scan and it’s not good news. He’s got an injury in his calf and he’s going to be out for a while.”

The Japanese has also since opened up about his injury. He wrote on social media: “I’m sick of being injured but I believe this is the opportunity to be much stronger.”

Tomiyasu has had his fair share of injury concerns since joining Arsenal

The Japan international has been unfortunate with injuries since joining the Gunners in 2021. He suffered a knee injury in March of last season, ruling him out of action for the rest of that campaign. He also sustained a calf problem which saw him miss a total of 11 games during the 2021/22 season.

Tomiyasu was having a good season so far. He has made 19 appearances in all competitions so far, starting 10 of those. In Arsenal’s latest Champions League fixture against Lens, he provided 2 assists. He even assisted Bukayo Saka’s opener in the game against Wolves in which he eventually came off injured.

It is being reported that the 25-year-old will miss upto 4-6 weeks of action. This leaves Arteta short of options in the full-back positions.

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