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Tomiyasu undergoes knee surgery

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Arsenal confirmed defender Takehiro Tomiyasu has undergone a successful surgery on his injured knee.

The Japan international sustained the injury in the first half of Arsenal’s Europa League defeat to Sporting Lisbon, before leaving Emirates Stadium on crutches and will miss the remainder of the season.

The club update reads:

“Following his substitution during last Thursday’s Europa League match, subsequent assessments have confirmed that Takehiro Tomiyasu sustained a significant injury to his right knee.

“Tomi has had successful surgery in London on Tuesday and will be ruled out for the remainder of this season.

“Everyone at the club will now be working hard with Tomi, so he can join pre-season training ahead of next season.”

After an impressive start to life in London having arrived from Bologna in 2021, the full-back struggled with a calf injury last season and missed Arsenal’s final fixtures which saw the team missed out on top four to Tottenham.

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This season, he sustained a hamstring problem in the Europa League group stage clash with Zurich in November but featured for Japan during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

With Cedric Soares and Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan to Fulham and Southampton and Tomiyasu injured, Arsenal are left with only Ben White as the only right back option for the remaining 10 games of the season.

Arsenal recently named academy prospect Reuell Walters who is an option at right back in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace, while Thomas Partey ended the game with Palace at right back and is considered an option in the position having featured there previously for former club Atletico Madrid.

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