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Why Arsenal Should Keep Hold of Takehiro Tomiyasu Amid Inter Milan Interest?



Amidst reports linking Arsenal’s versatile defender Takehiro Tomiyasu with a potential move to Inter Milan in the ongoing summer transfer window, the Gunners find themselves facing a pivotal decision that could shape their defensive depth for the upcoming season. The Italian giants are considering a loan deal for the versatile Japanese international, who has proven his worth since his £19.8 million move from Bologna in 2021.


As Arsenal prepares to compete in the UEFA Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, and EFL Cup, maintaining a deep squad becomes paramount. With the prospect of numerous fixtures, the Gunners require options in defense to navigate through these demanding competitions. Furthermore, Tomiyasu’s versatility as a right-back, center-back, or left-back provides Arsenal with a valuable asset that can be strategically deployed based on the team’s needs.

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Takehiro Tomiyasu’s ability to play multiple defensive roles offers tactical flexibility to Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta. His presence can prove crucial in handling injuries, suspensions, and tactical adjustments. The Japaense defender’s journey at Arsenal has seen its share of challenges, including injury setbacks and moments of uncertainty. Nevertheless, his commitment to learning from difficult experiences highlights his growth mindset and determination to excel. As Tomiyasu himself reflects,


“You have good and bad moments but you need to learn a lot of things from the bad moments. Now I am feeling good, not only for the body, but my head and also my career. It’s all positive.”

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The decision regarding Tomiyasu’s future ultimately rests with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. As the architect of the team’s tactical approach and defensive strategies, Arteta faces the task of balancing the immediate squad requirements with the club’s long-term vision.

Additionally, Arteta’s acknowledgment of the need for squad optimization is evident, as he acknowledges,


“We have 30 players here which is unsustainable, and obviously the market is still open… Overall, I’m really pleased with the team.”

As the transfer window unfolds, Arsenal stands at a crossroads in its defensive chessboard.


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