Having been Mikel Arteta’s first choice right-back last season until injury hit, few Arsenal fans would have predicted Takehiro Tomiyasu being relegated to a bit-part role in the Premier League this season.
While the Japan international has 15 league appearances to his name, his total minutes on the pitch comes in at fewer than 500 minutes. Moreover, on the three occasions he’s completed the full 90 minutes, he’s been at left-back.
It would test the patience of most players but for the time being, Tomiyasu says he’s happy doffing Ben White for being undroppable since the start of the campaign.
“Ben White has been doing very well. He is fantastic. Of course I want to play from the start. The only thing I can do is prove my value on the pitch and show what I can do.
“I just want to help the team. It doesn’t matter if I’m playing from the start or not. When I’m on the pitch I give everything.”
“Our job is to just explain on the pitch what he says. I believe him.”
Interview with Takehiro Tomiyasu, on:
– Why things have changed at Arsenal
– His belief in Arteta
– Losing his place to Ben White
– Title dreams https://t.co/DcR6f5UBeK
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) February 2, 2023
Given his versatility and the number of games between now and the end of May, Tomiyasu is sure to have a big part to play in the coming months.
A first league title in 19 years is on the cards and the defender is determined not to squander the opportunity.
“To win the Premier League is the biggest dream for every player…we have to go for it and we will go for it. We are focused.”
“Last season we understood,” he added, “But we couldn’t express it.
“But this season we understand and we are showing how Arteta wants us to play. This is the big difference.”