Mikel Arteta says Takehiro Tomiyasu could play against Man United

Arsenal are set for a HUGE boost ahead of Man United clash as Mikel Arteta confirms Takehiro Tomiyasu could return after three months out with a calf injury… and warns rivals ‘there are going to be a lot of twists’ in the top four race

  • Mikel Arteta has confirmed Takehiro Tomiyasu could feature against Man United 
  • Tomiyasu has been out of action since picking up a calf injury in mid-January 
  • Arteta confirmed that if the full-back ‘feels good’ then he will be available 
  • The Gunners are level on points with Spurs in the race for the final top four spot
  • Ralf Rangnick’s side will take on Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon 

Arsenal could be boosted for Manchester United’s visit to the Emirates by the return of Takehiro Tomiyasu, Mikel Arteta has confirmed. 

The 23-year-old settled very quickly in North London after his summer move from Bologna but has not played for the Gunners since mid-January having been troubled by a niggling calf injury.

With just six league games remaining, and a spot in the top four still up for grabs, Arteta will be delighted by the potential return his first-choice right back. 

Mikel Arteta confirmed Takehiro Tomiyasu could feature against Manchester United

Mikel Arteta hit out over fixture scheduling which has left his side with less time to recover

Speaking about the Japanese full-back, Arteta confirmed: ‘If he trains today and feels good he will be available tomorrow yes.’

Tomiyasu has made 16 Premier League appearances since the summer and picked up Arsenal’s Player of the Month award back in September. 

Arsenal are training at the Emirates today, a change to their usual schedule due to Saturday’s game being a lunchtime kick-off.

Tomiyasu was voted Arsenal’s Player of the Month for September before getting injured

Arteta voiced his annoyance last month about rescheduled fixtures leaving Arsenal with a midweek game followed by an early kick-off on the Saturday.

He added: ‘They [Arsenal’s players] had a recovery session yesterday and today we are training late in the stadium because of obviously the turnaround.

‘It is again what they did to us a few weeks ago so it is the best way to try to train as late as possible to be able to do something before the match.’

Club captain Alexandre Lacazette is also in contention to start against United having returned to training this week, following a positive coronavirus test. 

The Frenchman was fit enough to make a brief cameo deep into added time during their 4-2 win over Chelsea earlier this week but could lead the line on Saturday.

Alexandre Lacazette has returned to full training following a positive coronavirus test

Arsenal will kick off three points ahead of United – despite having played a game less.

Asked if Arsenal can knock United out of the top four race with a victory, Arteta said: ‘I think there are going to be a lot of twists still. 

‘And that’s what we have to do, perform and play well tomorrow to deserve to win the match which I think will be difficult.’

Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane are set to return as United head to the Emirates following their 4-0 loss to Liverpool midweek.

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