Sunday, December 3, 2023

Tomiyasu returns to training

Good news! Takehiro Tomiyasu is training again, 111 days after he injured his knee slipping on the Emirates Stadium turf during Arsenal’s Europa League exit at the hands of Sporting Lisbon.

The Japan international had surgery on his right knee in March and the club described the issue as ‘significant’.

Having not detailed the specifics of the injury, there was speculation it might have been a ruptured ACL which would have left him facing six to nine months on the sidelines.

While it’s unclear whether the 24-year-old is fully fit, the fact he’s already taking part in pre-season sessions with his teammates bodes well.

Oleksandr Zinchenko, who picked up a calf injury in May, and Leandro Trossard, who underwent a minor procedure of some sort following the final game of the season, have also been training.

The big question is whether William Saliba, who also went off injured during the second leg of the Sporting Lisbon clash in March, will be pictured in training in the coming days.

It was initially hoped he’d make a quick recovery but like Tomiyasu he had to sit out the rest of the campaign. It proved very costly.

Update – We jumped the gun, Saliba is also back!

Lovely stuff.

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Is that Rice behind Martinelli? 🙂


Looks like Giroud


No idea who that is, but it cannot be Giroud. Signed for Chelsea in Jan 2018. Martinelli joined in the summer of 2019


Giroud and Tomiyasu in one pic?!🤔 Trying to think who else it could be, but keeps coming back to ‘nahh that just looks to much like Rice’ 👀

Dr Nick Riviera

Sorry to burts this little bubble of excitement. I think that’s omar rekik.😅

Dr Nick Riviera



Sure it’s not Rob Holding’s New Haircut?


Avengers Assemble!


‘Very costly’ is an understatement


Good news to have him back! On another note, i think Holding’s Days are numbered with the arrival of Timber


Timber in favour of Holding. The move definitely feels more entropically favourable, and you never want to go against entropy – it’s a battle you can’t win.


So that’s where holding went wrong. His hair plugs are a constant fight against entropy


The best Rob was Balding, like a Steve Bald regen

A Different George

A fit Tomiyasu would make a huge difference. Suddenly, not only White but also Saliba has a legitimate back-up (White) as does Zinchenko (ask Mo Salah). And, meaning no disrespect to Holding, it would be great to see Tomiyasu come on when we are seeing out a close lead.

Troy McClure

Bad luck injury for Tomi to slip on the turf. I hope there is a place for him this season, he looked to be a real find before the injuries.


Massive season for this guy incoming.

Let’s hope he can stay fit.



We have to win either the Premier League or the Champions league next season for it to be considered a success.

Man Manny

I agree with you, especially the Premier League, after how last season panned out. The team must take that next step, and my gut feeling is that they will.

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

Do you fancy us for either? For me Rice is that missing piece – as good as Partey can be his passing was so wayward at times, and xhaka was sloppy at times too – if we replace them with Rice and Havertz who are tight in possession, along with top quality back up in defence, I can see us moving up that extra level (albeit the competition will also be stronger next season). CL I am not expecting anything, but may be pleasantly surprised


Your narrow definition of success is not the definition of success. Zero nuance, zero context, and zero critical thinking. Just an extremely simple measure of success – big trophies! Yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion (blah, blah blah) – but how about opinions grounded in some logic, with at least a depth? If my opinion was that the only way it can be considered a successful season for AFC would be for us to do the quadruple while we play with Cedric as our main striker all year – sure, it’s an opinion (since I am entitled to… Read more »


Over-analytical bollocks.

We nearly won the PL last season so this season we need to go one better. And only a CL would be equal to a PL win if we don’t get the title



A very well thought out reply. Repeat what you post all the time. Shiny trophies. Simple and pointless.

I’ll have to make more of an effort to skip past your drivel in the future. I should not even respond now – a failure on my part. Lets hope I succeed in the future and someone gives me a trophy.

Santi’s Thigh Grab

I too find it challenging to ignore the simplistic drivel that emanates from him. Glad I’m not the only one and I am working on just driving by as well. This was therapeutic for me, thank you.

Eric Blair

Why set some arbitrary targets that are very difficult to achieve and disappoint yourself? It’s like going on a diet and declaring if you haven’t lost 3 stone by Christmas you’re an abject failure, whereas 2 and a half would still be a great result.

Try not putting obstacles to happiness in your way!




And he would have lost that 3 stone if Man City weren’t intravenously pumping him full of oil. Maybe next year.

Santi’s Thigh Grab

For some people manufacturing unhappiness is their happiness because it feels normal to them.


In the Premiership, the only things that can hold us back are injuries, the refs and VAR. Other than that, we fear nothing and nobody. I predict top two again – it depends how lucky again City get.

As for the Champions League, the quarter finals would be a good return on the first campaign back. Anything more a bonus.

FA Cup – I expect us to make the quarter finals at least.

A Different George

Man, that update!


Seriously, great freaking news!!!!


“Tomiyasu is like a new signing” – Arsene Wenger, somewhere


Good! What about Saliba?


where is my Mohammed Eneny?

Greg in Seattle

At least defensively, we look seriously deep with quality and ready for all the competitions. I wonder how Arteta will keep everyone primed and ready, especially if Tierney ends up staying.

Forest gooner

The Samurai!


Great news on Taka. He’s not likely to start the majority of games but he’ll be a key squad player as a closer as well as a rotation starter. Also, it wouldn’t surprise me if he plays at least one match in each of the four defensive positions at some point during the season.

(Also, great news on Willo, obvs!)


Nice; where is Rice?

Emi Rates





Coming to the boil.


Good news,

Good to see Saliba and Tomi back,

Hopefully, Arsenal can keep Partey and add at least one more good center mid while not forgetting to get a reall goal scorer this season,

To trully challenge, we will be needing a striker that can guarantee you 25 to 30 goals person

Dr. Gooner

He wasn’t the same player last season. For some reason he lost his confidence and composure and committed *gasp* errors(!!) which he basically never did in his first season with us. He didn’t look right in the World Cup either. Japan over performed , but not because of him. I remember a quote from him post WC that he needed some time away from football. The player I remember from his first season with us was basically one of the most fundamentally sound players I’ve ever seen put on the shirt. If I saw him on the team sheet, it… Read more »

Emi Rates

The Athletic reports that the Rice deal is done. He has his medical tomorrow and that’s that.

Ladies and gentlemen, he’s about to arrive!


Great stuff, so Takehiro “LANS” Tomiyasu and William “LANS” Saliba join our three ANS (actual new signings). So in total we’ve already got 5 AALANS

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