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Arsenal star determined to shake off injury scare for title run in

Despite his injury struggles this season, one Arsenal star is determined to stay fit and help Arsenal win the Premier League title

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Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu says he is determined to put his injury setbacks behind him and play a key role to help Arsenal push for the Premier League title. After returning from the Asian Cup in February with a calf problem, Tomiyasu faced a challenging road to recovery, unable to start a game for Arsenal until last month.

Since then, Arsenal have carefully managed Tomiyasu’s workload to ensure his fitness, with the defender recently training indoors ahead of their crucial match against Manchester United at Old Trafford. 

Despite his injury troubles, Tomiyasu has managed to start the last three matches for Arsenal and is hoping to maintain his spot at left-back for the remaining two games of the season. Currently sitting atop the Premier League table with a one-point lead over Manchester City, Arsenal face stiff competition from Pep Guardiola’s side, who have a game in hand. 

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Speaking about Arsenal’s defensive solidity, Tomiyasu praised the consistency of his fellow defenders, Gabriel Magalhaes, William Saliba, and Benjamin White.

“The two centre-backs, Gabi and [William] Saliba, they are so consistent – and so is Ben [White] as well,” Tomiyasu said. “We have had a lot of clean sheets because of them. I want to be part of that [defence]. We will try to get another clean sheet at Old Trafford as well.”

Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu

Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu (Image credit: Getty Images)

Expressing his confidence ahead of the Old Trafford clash, Tomiyasu acknowledged the challenge but remained optimistic about Arsenal’s chances of securing three points. With the title race intensifying, Tomiyasu emphasised his desire for the team to clinch the title, highlighting the importance of seizing the opportunity presented before them.

“Obviously it won’t be an easy game because it is a tough place to play and take three points. But we are confident and we will be there to get three points.

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“If we win the title, we will be happy. I don’t want anything else, we just want the title. For me, there has not been many chances to be involved in this title race, so I am happy I am involved now. If there is a chance in front of us, we have to go for it and take it.”

Reflecting on his journey this season, Tomiyasu expressed gratitude for his new contract with Arsenal in March and hopes that his injury struggles are now behind him. Despite the difficulties he faced during his recovery, Tomiyasu is eager to contribute to the team’s success and is fully committed to giving his all on the pitch.

“It was tough for me [being injured] because, after we lost in the Asian Cup, I wanted to play,” said Tomiyasu. “But it is what it is. I am available to play now, and this is the most important period of the season. I am happy on the pitch, and I hope I can help the team. I will give everything for the team and just enjoy this moment.”

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