Tomiyasu to be sidelined for 6 weeks

Mikel Arteta has expressed that Takehiro Tomiyasu's calf injury will keep him sidelined for an extended period, dealing a significant setback to Arsenal.

Tomiyasu sustained the injury in the 2-1 victory against Wolves last Saturday, sidelining him for the Luton Town match on Tuesday. 


Despite his absence, Arsenal secured a 4-3 win at Kenilworth Road with Declan Rice's 97th-minute goal, propelling them five points ahead at the Premier League's summit. 

Takehiro Tomiyasu

Speaking before the game, Arteta commented on the situation regarding the Japanese defender:  ‘We took him off as a precaution so we’ll wait. He’s a strong boy and hopefully he’ll be fine.’

This raised hopes among Arsenal fans that the 25-year-old, who has been in excellent form lately, might undergo a swift recovery, crucial given the packed schedule of festive fixtures approaching.


Arteta can breathe a sigh of relief as first-choice right-back Ben White has regained full fitness, showcasing his prowess with a sublime assist for Arsenal's second goal against Luton. Additionally, outcast star Cedric Soares remains an option to be called upon if needed.

Due to Jurrien Timber still recuperating from a long-term injury, Oleksandr Zinchenko stands as the sole natural left-back option. This situation compelled Arteta to deploy centre-back Jakub Kiwior in that position against the Hatters.

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