Arsenal expert verdict on Tomiyasu missing out v Leeds after injury update

By Kevin Campbell

5th May, 2022 | 8:00am

Arsenal expert verdict on Takehiro Tomiyasu missing out against Leeds United after injury update

Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu should start against Leeds United, according to Kevim Campbell.

The ex-Gunners striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suspects the 23-year-old suffered from “muscle fatigue” against West Ham but could recover in time for Sunday.

Tomiyasu made his first since January at the London Stadium on Sunday but was forced off after 78 minutes.

The versatile defender has missed the majority of 2022 with a calf injury.

Speaking to club media (1 May), Mikel Arteta dismissed worries over Tomiyasu’s fitness.

When asked for his thoughts on the latest, Campbell told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs: “It was really good to see him start.

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“Maybe he went off with fatigue. He has not played football for such a long time.

“He is a fighter and a competitor. Hopefully it is just a bit of fatigue in the muscles and no more. That would make sense because he hasn’t played for a while. I hope it’s not that serious.

“Tomiyasu has to get up to speed. There isn’t enough games for him to be eased back in gently.

“Of course, if he is not right don’t play him but if he’s Ok you have to put him in against Leeds because the Spurs game is coming up and we need him.”

When asked if he was worried about Tomiyasu’s fitness, Arteta issued a three-word verdict: “No, he’s fine.”

Arsenal welcome Leeds United to the Emirates on Sunday.

In other news, an expert has claimed West Ham boss David Moyes is ‘pulling his hair out’ as Gabriel controversy analysed.