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Takehiro Tomiyasu vows to reclaim his spot in Arsenal lineup

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The Japanese right-back has found a slow start to the new season at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu has admitted he’s ‘not satisfied’ by his current role in Mikel Arteta’s squad.
Tomiyasu made a perfect start to his Arsenal career after joining the Gunners in August 2021.

The former Bologna right-back started 20 Premier League games in his first season at the Emirates Stadium. However, he has lost his place in Arsenal’s lineup since the return of William Saliba from Marseille.

Saliba has moved to the centre of the Gunners’ backline while Ben White has replaced Tomiyasu at right-back.

“What is required in this league is quite high and I’m not satisfied,” he said.

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“When you look at the players selected as starters in the Premier League games, you will understand what you need be there. I will work hard in order to get my position back.”

Tomiyasu stayed out of action for two months after sustaining a calf injury earlier this year. Arteta has insisted on his plan to get the Japan international to full fitness before reintegrating him into the lineup.

“We are really happy that we are loading some minutes into him and he’s responding really well,” he said after Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa last month.

“He’s been training now for weeks without any issues which is the first period he’s been able to do that in the last six or seven months, and you can see the way he played today when he came on – I think he was really good.”