Arsenal fell to defeat last time out against West Ham and Mikel Arteta’s side aim to bounce back tomorrow afternoon when they take on Fulham at Craven Cottage in the Premier League.
The Gunners form has been rather inconsistent over the last five Premier League games, having won two, drawn one and lost two over the last month. Mikel Arteta is looking for his team to improve at both ends of the pitch, however to do that he needs some important players back from injury.
Jurrien Timber, Thomas Partey, Fabio Vieira and Takehiro Tomiyasu have all been unavailable for Arsenal over the last month through injury. However there is some good news today, as Tomiyasu returned to full first-team training ahead of the trip to Craven Cottage tomorrow.
The return of the Japanese defender is a big boost for Arsenal with Oleksandr Zinchenko currently struggling to find form at left-back over the last few games. The Ukrainian was at fault for Liverpool’s goal at Anfield last week and didn’t cover himself in glory for West Ham’s first goal a couple of days ago at the Emirates.
Tomiyasu was in fine form before he picked up a calf injury in the Champions League last month. Mikel Arteta will be hoping the defender rediscovers that good form swiftly in order to help Arsenal turn their current inconsistent run into more positive results.
The Japanese international will be unavailable for Arsenal again next month when he plays for his country in the Asia Cup. However Mikel Arteta will be happy he has the 25-year-old to pick from for the upcoming matches against Fulham and Liverpool.
Due to the current lack of squad depth in defence, Mikel Arteta is in the market for a new defender when the January transfer window opens in a couple days time.