Arsenal handed injury blow ahead of Aston Villa clash with latest squad announcement

Arsenal have been handed a significant injury blow ahead of their clash with Aston Villa at Saturday Lunchtime as it looks increasingly unlikely that Takehiro Tomiyasu will be fit to play any part in the encounter.

The Japanese defender has been missing from action since the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final, in which Arsenal fell to a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool. Having been rushed back from a thigh injury to play some part in the tie, the Arsenal man picked up another injury in his other thigh, that has kept him sidelined for the six weeks since.

And now, the most telling evidence that he may not be fit enough for the trip against Aston Villa has emerged as the defender has been left out of Japan’s international squad for their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers with Australia and Vietnam.

It means that, while he won’t go and join up with fellow Premier League player Takumi Minamino in the Japan squad, he will be able to boost his fitness at London Colney before Arsenal’s trip to Crystal Palace at the beginning of April.

Arsenal facing rare fixture pile up

In a season that doesn’t contain European football, and in which Arsenal have just one competition left to play in, it is odd to hear a manager complaining about fixtures. However, that is precisely what Mikel Arteta did following his side’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in a game that was bizarrely handed an 8.15 Kick off.

‘Thank you so much to the Premier League to do that’, he said sarcastically, when asked about the quick turnaround.

‘And they’ve done it again when we have to play Chelsea and Manchester United.’

‘So if they want to give them any advantage, I say to them today, thank you so much for doing that.’

He will be hoping that his youthful side can continue their energetic performances despite the lack of rest.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 29 50 70
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 29 1 34
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
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 13
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 12
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 12
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 12
Son, Heung Min 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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