Takehiro Tomiyasu’s Instagram message may hint at injury boost for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta

The one negative from Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Leeds United was the sight of Takehiro Tomiyasu being replaced in the second half.

Since arriving from Bologna in the summer transfer window, the Japan international has been ever-present at right-back and barring his debut against Norwich City he had never failed to finish a game he had started.

However, that run came to an end on Saturday evening when Tomiyasu had to come off just after the hour mark with what appeared to be a calf problem.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was asked afterwards about the severity of the issue and was hopeful that his right-back had avoided a serious injury.

“No, it was more of a muscular injury,” Arteta revealed in his post-match press conference. “He’s got a big load on him because he’s played every single minute since he’s joined us and even this week he’s been struggling a little bit.

“We decided to take him off, he wasn’t 100 per cent confident to continue in the game, and hopefully he’s not injured.”

In a boost for Arteta, he may have got his wish ahead of games against Sunderland, Norwich City and Wolves before 2021 is over.

Following the game at Elland Road, Tomiyasu was active on social media, praising his teammates for making it three wins in a row to confirm their top-four spot at Christmas.

“3 points! Great performance from the team!” he wrote on Instagram. “Keep on winning.”

The fact there was no mention of his injury could be a sign that it was nothing serious and that being replaced by Cedric Soares was nothing more than a precaution.

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With that said, all eyes will be on the Arsenal injury update when that is released – usually at the start of a new week.

Whether Tomiyasu would have been in contention to start Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Sunderland remains to be seen, but the fact he’s not made an appearance in the competition so far would suggest he was in line for a rest regardless.

Although, with the Gunners set to face Norwich City on Boxing Day, Arteta will be hopeful of having his first-choice right-back available for selection.

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