'We have the options': Arteta hints at more game time for Arsenal ace yet to start in PL this season
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hinted at more game time for Takehiro Tomiyasu, in conversation with the Gunners media team.
The 23-year-old is yet to start a Premier League game for the Gunners this season.
Tomiyasu had some fitness issues at the start of the campaign, which led to Ben White deputising at right-back.
White has thoroughly impressed in that position and has now made it his own.
This is in contrast to last season, when Tomiyasu was one of the first names on Arteta’s team sheet when fit.
However, Arsenal could potentially find themselves without Oleksandr Zinchenko for a couple of weeks.
According to media in Ukraine – as reported by football.london – the player will not join up with the national side.
Apparently, he has a calf problem expected to keep him out of the side for the next two weeks.
Arteta would not be drawn on speculation about Zinchenko’s fitness at present.
However, he spoke about the versatility of the likes of Tomiyasu and Ben White.
“Both can play as central defenders as well,” Arteta said in the pre-Brentford press conference.
“Tomi has been playing left centre-back for his national team Japan.
“When you look at the games, he can play as a left-back too, because you cannot tell me if he’s a left or right-footed player.
“So we have the options there, and we have to utilise them in the best possible way.
“Especially with the number of minutes we are going to have in the next few weeks, and it’s great that players are comfortable doing more than one position.”
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