Arsenal fans look away: Mikel Arteta provides Tomiyasu fitness update & speaks out over transfer plans


The post-game comments made by Mikel Arteta on the back of Arsenal’s meeting with Burnley this afternoon are unlikely to ease the collective concerns of the Gunners faithful.

Arteta of course guided his side back into action a short time ago, welcoming Sean Dyche’s bottom of the table Burnley to the Emirates for a crunch Premier League clash.

When all was said and done in north London, however, the Gunners saw their top-4 hopes dealt an altogether considerable blow, courtesy of an alarming 0-0 stalemate.

Those of an Arsenal persuasion, in turn, have since made their frustrations clear, amid widespread calls for fresh additions to the club’s ranks before the January transfer window slams shut in just eight days’ time.

The latest comments on the part of boss Arteta regarding such efforts, however, are unlikely to fill fans of the capital club with much confidence.

“The market is difficult, it’s complicated. New signings? Yes, we are certainly trying. I don’t know if we’ll be able to do it, but let’s see”, the Spaniard explained.

And the concerning news from an Arsenal perspective did not end there, with Arteta having also provided an update on the wellbeing of defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Summer arrival Tomiyasu was forced to sit out the action at the Emirates on Sunday, owing to what was described pre-match as a ‘tight calf’.

When pressed on the Japanese international’s situation on the back of the action coming to a close at the Emirates, though, Mikel Arteta certainly appeared to hint that Tomiyasu’s issue is more serious than simple tightness:

“Tomi had an injury and we didn’t have anybody to play in that position against Liverpool. He needs to recover and look after himself, to try and be available as quick as he can. He will be out for a few weeks.”

North Londoners stuttering

Arsenal’s latest disappointing result this afternoon has since given rise to a series of concerning statistics surrounding the form of Mikel Arteta’s men.

The Gunners have now managed just a solitary goal since the turn of the year, amid concerns that the club’s push for Champions League football may soon go completely up in smoke.

No stat, however, is likely to raise more widespread alarm on the part of the club’s fanbase than the fact that, across five outings in 2022, Arsenal are yet to secure a single victory:


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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
7 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
11 Leicester City 19 -3 25
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6


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