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Mikel Arteta provides injury update on Takehiro Tomiyasu ahead of Liverpool clash


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Mikel Arteta has revealed that it is still too soon to know if Takehiro Tomiyasu will be fit enough to play against Liverpool on Wednesday night, revealing that the Japan international will be touch and go for the Emirates clash.

Tomiyasu has impressed at right back since joining from Bologna in the summer, but a thigh injury has kept him out since the sides clashed in the Carabao Cup second leg in January.

Cedric has been performing in his absence, but Arsenal fans remain keen to see ‘Tomi’ back in the side sooner rather than later. However, it may not be for Liverpool.

‘We have been trying to push him, but with the handbrake a little bit because we need to be careful as we don’t want to get another injury with him’, Arteta said in his pre-match press conference. ‘We don’t know [if tomorrow is too soon]. Let’s see how he trains today.’

Of course, it was the Carabao Cup tie that Arsenal rushed the Japanese defender back for last time from a separate injury, that led to him picking up his current issue. As a result, the caution surrounding his return is understandable.

A clash with massive magnitude

Arsenal and Liverpool clash at the Emirates in a game that has huge ramifications for both sides. The Gunners have won their last five Premier League games, and currently sit in 4th place with games in hand on those below them, of which this is one.


Mikel Arteta provides injury update on Takehiro Tomiyasu ahead of Liverpool clash

Liverpool, meanwhile, have put together 7 wins on the bounce and are the most in-form team in the country. It is this form that has seen them reel in Manchester City at the top of the table, and a win at the Emirates Stadium would see them close the gap to just one point on Pep Guardiola’s side.

This comes as Crystal Palace held the Citizens to a goalless draw at Selhurst Park on Monday night, with City missing a host of chances to take all three points in front of a jubilant home crowd.

Beyond Arsenal and Liverpool fans, Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United supporters will all be tuning in to see how the clash affects their chances of silverware and Champions League football next season.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 28 50 69
2 Liverpool FC 28 53 66
3 Chelsea FC 28 38 59
4 Arsenal FC 26 14 51
5 Manchester United 29 8 50
6 West Ham United 29 12 48
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 6 46
8 Tottenham Hotspur 27 7 45
9 Aston Villa 28 2 36
10 Southampton FC 29 -9 35
11 Crystal Palace 28 1 33
12 Leicester City 26 -5 33
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 28 -8 33
14 Newcastle United 28 -16 31
15 Brentford FC 29 -13 30
16 Leeds United 29 -34 26
17 Everton FC 26 -19 22
18 Watford FC 29 -26 22
19 Burnley FC 27 -16 21
20 Norwich City 29 -45 17
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 20
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 12
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 12
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 12
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 11
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 11
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 9
Raphinha Leeds United 9
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 9
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 8

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