‘Can’t believe’: Jenas left stunned after what Arsenal star Tomiyasu did in 80th minute of Japan match today
Jermaine Jenas found himself stunned with something that Arsenal star Takehiro Tomiyasu did during Japan v Croatia at the World Cup this afternoon.
The Gunners defender was starting a game at the tournament for the first time in 2022. He played the second half against Germany, didn’t feature against Costa Rica and then came on for the closing stages of a win over Spain.
Tomiyasu has endured a frustrating season at Arsenal. He’s made 17 appearances in total but hasn’t been considered a regular in the Premier League campaign, starting just four games.
The 24-year-old will have welcomed the World Cup. He has a chance to play some football and perhaps the fact he’s not been a regular for the Gunners has hampered his game-time opportunities in Qatar too.
In the 80th minute of the contest, Tomiyasu found himself in nose-bleed territory. He was in the opposition’s penalty area at a set-piece and found space to possibly score a potentially decisive goal.
He got things all wrong though. As a defender, he lost his bearings and made the wrong choice when it came to choosing whether to shoot or cross the ball for one of his teammates who were waiting.
Jenas said live on BBC One: “I can’t believe he’s not hit it. He had all the time in the world there Tomiyasu. Just hit it towards goal! It was also a poor ball, he had time to put a better ball into the box. He got them both wrong.”
Jenas stunned by Tomiyasu
It wouldn’t be in character for ex-Tottenham star Jenas to say something positive about Arsenal. Even the most ardent Gunners here, however, would have to concede that the former England man has a point.
It was a really poor effort from Tomiyasu. It was almost as if he couldn’t believe his luck but chose the wrong option and made himself look a little bit foolish in the process with a fluffed attempt.
Still, as a defender, he’s not on the pitch to be scoring or creating goals. He’s there to defend and for large parts of the game, he did that aspect of his game exceptionally well.
Tomiyasu is a sound player and he’s still learning his trade. Once the World Cup finishes and the Premier League returns, he will hope for more chances to impress Arteta.