Sunday, March 3, 2024

Tomiyasu set for Arsenal return after Japan crash out of Asian Cup

Takehiro Tomiyasu will return to Arsenal tomorrow after Japan were beaten 2-1 by Iran in the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup in Qatar.

Hidemasa Morita’s surging run and finish put the Samurai Blue ahead in the first half but they fell apart after the break.

Mohamed Mohebi equalised on 55 minutes and six minutes into stoppage time Alireza Jahanbakhsh smashed home from the penalty spot after Ko Itakura fouled Hossein Kanani.

Tomiyasu started in the middle of the defence and completed the full match, his fourth appearance in the tournament.

While Japan’s exit will come too soon for the defender to be part of Arsenal’s squad to face Liverpool on Sunday, he should be available for next weekend’s trip to West Ham.

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gooner

It will be an Arsenal thing if he does his calf on the plane back

Tankard Gooner

I will hate you so much if this happens. 😅

aprilfool

😂 errant drink cart

Chris

I wonder if his body can handle it at centre half but not full back.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

It would be an Arsenal thing if Wataru Endo comes off the bench to score for Liverpool while Tomiyasu is stuck at the airport waiting for a cab.

UzesGooner

Arigato (Japanese for Sweet ✌️)

Up4GrabsNow!

Run Tomiyasu-san
Glide down the wing, samurai
Cross, we score, we win

No foot Norbert

Almost a haiku

Vonnie

It must be very disappointing for him, Japan were one of the favourites to win. It’ll be good to have him back though.

Lord Bendnter

Oh no! I’m so gutted!

*Sorry, I meant glutted

A Different George

Right from the airport to the stadium. He can change in the cab.

TeeCee

You think he took his Arsenal strip with him to Catarrh?

Nacho de Montreal is tasty

You really love Zinny I see.

No change required, Tomiyasu seems like the die-hard kind of player who sleeps in his Arsenal kit. Same as Carl Jenkinson and Harry Kane.

Gunman

Absolutely devastated, oh well I guess he’ll just have to return ahead of schedule 😉

Sam

Either win the damn thing, or crash out in the group stage. Don’t go out in the quarter final, good for noone

ScotchEggsRule

Rough result for a team that probably should have gone all the way in this competition. Good news for us though.

Kosballs

If Taylor swift can make it to the Super Bowl surely Tomi has a chance to make it to the emirates

Rosapirescastle

Sorry for our jap mates but best news in a while, he will add more serious options and solidity in BOTH fullback options

If White or Zinchenko were injured, I think Arsenal would have made an effort to private jet Tomiyasu back to London for the Liverpool game.

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