Takehiro Tomiyasu has been linked with a move away from Arsenal in recent weeks, but Mikel Arteta has ruled out a move.
German club Bayern Munich are reportedly keen on 25-year-old Arsenal utility man Takehiro Tomiyasu. However, Mikel Arteta has now revealed that he does not wish to sell the Japanese international any time soon.
“I really want him to stay,” Arteta said via 90min before adding, “I value the player a lot. I really like him. He’s loved and respected by everybody at the club. He’s getting a lot of minutes now. He’s getting to a level of availability that we need to make an impact on the team. He will continue to be with us.”
Tomiyasu has struggled for regular game time at Arsenal, and he has started just three league matches for them this season. However, he has had ample game time as a substitute and is clearly an important player for the North London club. It will be interesting to see if Arteta can convince the player to stay at Arsenal and accept his role as a squad player.
The Japanese international is versatile enough to operate as a central defender as well as a fullback on both flanks. It is no surprise that clubs like Bayern Munich are keen on securing his signature. He could prove to be a very useful asset for the club if they manage to secure his signature.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will be hoping to compete for major trophies this season, and they need a deeper squad to do well across multiple competitions. Players like Tomiyasu can be worth their weight in gold during rotation and injuries.
The Japanese international seems well settled at the North London club, and it will be interesting to see if he decides to force a move away in January. Bayern Munich are yet to come forward with a concrete proposal for the 25-year-old utility man, and Arsenal will be hoping that the Germans do not formalise their interest with an offer.
The 25-year-old defender will look to play more often for Arsenal, and it remains to be seen whether he can force his way into the starting lineup in the coming months. There is no doubt that he is good enough to start in the Premier League, and it remains to be seen how the situation develops.