Arsenal may face a tough time without Takehiro Tomiyasu as the Japanese defender has reportedly suffered a calf strain, which could keep him out of action for three to four weeks. The absence of Tomiyasu could mean he’ll miss some crucial matches for the Gunners, including the games against Aston Villa, Brighton & Hove Albion, Liverpool, and West Ham United.
Tomiyasu sustained the injury during the team’s 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers last Saturday and was unavailable for the match against Luton Town. It was confirmed by Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, who stated that Tomiyasu’s injury will keep him sidelined for some time.
Moreover, there is a possibility that Tomiyasu may not play for Arsenal before the Asia Cup begins on January 12, as he is expected to represent Japan in the international tournament. However, the return of Ben White to the Arsenal side could potentially alleviate the situation in Tomiyasu’s absence.
Despite the setback, Arsenal currently holds a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. Meanwhile, Tomiyasu’s performances this season have been commendable, as he has contributed one goal and three assists in 19 games across different competitions, displaying his versatility at various defensive positions.
In a separate incident, Arsenal’s Declan Rice emerged as a hero in their recent game against Luton Town, netting a dramatic last-minute winner to secure a 4-3 victory. His incredible performance did not go unnoticed, with Luton Town boss Rob Edwards praising the English midfielder for his match-winning goal. Rice, who joined Arsenal from West Ham United in the summer, has quickly become a fan favorite, having scored three goals and provided two assists in 22 games.
The injury to Tomiyasu has undoubtedly posed a challenge for Arsenal, but the team remains determined to maintain its lead in the league.