Arsenal boss Arteta: Tomiyasu availability important for us

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is happy having Takehiro Tomiyasu fit again.

Tomiyasu made his first start of the season in midweek, and the boss said his flexibility is also a huge positive for the squad.

“Both can play as central defenders as well,” he said.

“Tomi has been playing left centre back for his national team Japan. When you look at the games, he can play as a left back too, because you cannot tell me if he’s a left or right-footed player.

“So we have the options there, and we have to utilise them in the best possible way. Especially with the number of minutes we are going to have in the next few weeks, and it’s great that players are comfortable doing more than one position.”