Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu has been ruled out of action for the remainder of the 2022/23 campaign due to a knee injury.
Tomiyasu was substituted last Thursday as a result of a knee injury he picked up against Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 encounter.
The Japanese did a knee surgery in London on Tuesday and doctors have confirmed that he would have to be unavailable for Arsenal in the remaining matches this season.
Arsenal released these statements afterwards:
“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 Tomiyasu 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.”
The injury to Takehiro Tomiyasu appears to be a major concern for Arsenal in the push for the English Premier League title.
Mikel Arteta only has at his disposal, Ben White at right back until mid-May and Arsenal also loaned out Cedric Soares to Fulham during the winter transfer window.
Nevertheless, Ben White, who functions primarily in central defense will have to play at right back due to the absence of Tomiyasu.
White has also been impressive for Arsenal at right back since the commencement of the 2022/23 Premier League campaign.
The Englishman brings his qualities to Mikel Arteta’s four-men defense, which also comprises William Saliba, Gabriel Meghalese and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Arsenal also face injury concerns with William Saliba
Meanwhile, the Spanish manager has also battled with another injury concern as William Saliba also hobbled off the pitch in Thursday’s Europa League loss to Sporting Lisbon.
Willian Saliba was also unavailable for Arsenal in their thumping 4-1 victory against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium.
And information hints that the French defender could be unavailable for Arsenal for many weeks, and he is on the verge of pulling out from International action for Les Bleu.
The Gunners are 8 points ahead of second placed Manchester City who have a game outstanding and they have got 10 games left before the expiration of the current season.
Arsenal last lifted the English Premier League trophy in 2004 and they are looking confident to go all the way to claim the title under the tutelage of Mikel Arteta.
The North London side have got a difficult running in their next set of games as they have Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea to play in April amongst other fixtures.
In May, they have also got Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United in addition to Robert De Zerbi’s Brighton and Hove Albion to battle alongside other anticipated crunch matches.