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Arsenal transfer call ‘surprised’ Thierry Henry as Mikel Arteta reacts to ban

A round-up of the latest Arsenal news as Mikel Arteta reacts to his ban for their trip to Aston Villa and Takehiro Tomiyasu provides an update on the wing-back’s latest injury.

Takehiro Tomiyasu admits he is ‘sick of being injured’ at Arsenal

Japan star Tomiyasu admits he is ‘sick’ of the number of injury problems he has suffered for Arsenal. But the 25-year-old believes he will now come back even stronger after developing a calf injury. He sustained the issue late on during the Gunners’ 2-1 win at home to Wolves.
Tomiyasu sat stricken on the Emirates Stadium pitch before Ben White took over his role last Saturday. Manager Mikel Arteta now expects the versatile enforcer to be out ‘for a while’, as well. He had been a key presence this season with 19 appearances from 21 possible fixtures.
Arsenal beat Luton Town 4-3 without Tomiyasu this Tuesday night, after which Arteta voiced his concern regarding the injury. The defender also followed suit by admitting his upset after yet another injury. Tomiyasu has suffered frequent calf injuries since joining Arsenal in 2021.
I’m sick of being injured but I believe this is the opportunity to be much stronger,” declared Tomiyasu under a post on his Instagram account.

Read more about what Tomiyasu has had to say about the Arsenal star’s latest injury, here.

Thierry Henry admits Arsenal ‘surprised’ him by loaning out William Saliba

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has admitted that he was ‘surprised’ to see Arteta agree to let William Saliba join Marseille on loan in 2021/22. The iconic France striker felt the centre-half was already superior to the Gunners’ defenders. Yet Saliba had not once played for Arsenal.
Saliba joined the north London giants under Unai Emery in 2019 but he returned on loan to Saint-Etienne. Arteta then cast him into the wilderness at London Colney before agreeing to a loan deal with OGC Nice. Marseille then came calling and Saliba earned his France debut.

Arteta, finally, gave Saliba a chance at the start of the 2022/23 Premier League season and instantly reaped the rewards. The 22-year-old’s pace and guile improved the Gunners’ line immeasurably. Now, Henry considers Saliba as the best defender throughout the top-flight.

“The way he can defend a 1v1, the way he allows Arsenal to stay higher [up the pitch] and defend the 45-50 yards behind him is second to none,” Henry said on Amazon Prime. His speed, the way he recovers and when he recovers the ball, he doesn’t just kick it into the stands – he tries to get it back [to his teammates], which is important.

“I was working in France when he was on loan to Marseille and I was surprised that Arsenal didn’t keep him because I thought he was better than what we had. But he went on loan and he came back and he showed everybody that that was a mistake and now he’s now the best defender in the league.”
Read more about what Henry has had to say about Saliba and Arsenal, here.

Mikel Arteta reacts to his ban for Arsenal’s trip to Aston Villa
Arsenal manager Arteta has reacted to his ban for Saturday’s match away to Aston Villa. The Spaniard received his third yellow card in the Premier League this term at Luton on Tuesday. It will see him now serve a one-match suspension due to rules brought in from this season.

Referee Sam Barrott cautioned Arteta for his wild celebrations of Declan Rice’s 97th-minute winning goal at Kenilworth Road. The Gunners coach leapt out of his dugout and celebrated near Luton boss Rob Edwards, who is his friend after getting their coaching badges together.
I could not be seated in my seat,” Arteta told BeIN Sports. “It was pure emotion. If that’s a yellow, that’s a yellow.”

Read more about what Arteta has had to say about the Arsenal boss’ one-game ban, here.

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