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'Enormous': Arteta says Arsenal have a player who can play in four positions, he's started just twice all year

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In his press conference yesterday, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta spoke about the versatility of Takehiro Tomiyasu.

The Japan international has had a torrid 2022 so far. He has missed the better part of four months due to a calf injury and has only started two games this year as a result.

Cedric Soares has done well for Arsenal in his absence, but the Gunners really have missed Tomiyasu. Thankfully for them, he’s now back and is expected to start against West Ham United tomorrow.

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Arteta was asked about the 23-year-old’s ability to play well with both feet and the Arsenal boss raved about his versatility.

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Mikel Arteta: Takehiro Tomiyasu can play in four positions

The Spaniard said yesterday, as per “Well, when we follow the player and we identify him as one of the candidates, obviously it (Tomiyasu being two-footed) is one of the things that I came across and it gives you a lot of solutions.

“Not only because he can use both feet, but he can play right centre-back, left centre-back, he can play left-back.

“So, that gives you enormous variability.

“It’s the way they’ve been raised and coached since a really young age, that’s what he says so for him, left and right is the same.”

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Kieran Tierney has been ruled out for the remainder of the season and Arsenal only have Nuno Tavares as a natural left-back alternative.

The young Portugal under-21 international has struggled at times this year, especially in defence. He has improved over the last three games, but if Arsenal are holding onto a lead, they’d much rather have someone more composed.

Tomiyasu could be that man for the Gunners in the coming games. He’s two-footed, is extremely calm under pressure and is a lot more experienced than young Tavares at the top level.

Arsenal take on West Ham tomorrow and if Tomiyasu starts, their chances of victory will increase considerably.

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