Tomiyasu wants to fight for his place in Arsenal’s starting XI

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Takehiro Tomiyasu is determined to fight for his place in the Arsenal staring XI after been dropped due to his injury.

Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu has stated that he wants to fight for his place in the Gunners team after he lost his place to Ben White.

The right back joined Arsenal from Serie A team Bologna last season and impressed Mikel Arteta, staaring 20 times for the Gunners last season.

The Gunners battled for a Champions league spot last season before losing it lately to London rival Tottenham hotspurs.

The 23 year-old has been left out of the team after he suffer a calf injury and was sidelined for 9 games, which raised a question about his fitness.

Mikel Arteta has been shuffling his players this new campaign to get his side up to scratch, and has added in some new signings too, with Tomiyasu finding himself out of favour in the first seven games of the season.

Arsenal are currently top of the league and White appears to be flourishing in his new right-back role – though Tomiyasu admits he cannot hide his frustration as he conceded the Premier League’s standards are incredibly high.

“What is required in this league is quite high and I’m not satisfied.

“When you look at the players selected as starters in the premier league games, you will understand what is required to be there. I will work hard in order to get my position back.”

Arteta stressed Tomiyasu was still in his plans this season and that he was looking to get him more minutes after his lengthy lay-off.

Speaking after their 2-1 win over Aston Villa last month – in which Tomiyasu won more tackles than anyone off the bench, the head coach said: “We are really happy that we are loading some minutes into him and he’s responding really well.

“He’s been training now for weeks without any issues which is the first period he’s been able to do that in the last six or seven months, and you can see the way he played today when he came on – I think he was really good.”



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