EPL: Huge blow for Arteta as Arsenal top star is ruled out for rest of season

Arsenal have been hit by a major injury blow after it was confirmed that defender Takehiro Tomiyasu will no longer play a part in their title chase this season.

He has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing successful surgery which the Japan international suffered in last week’s Europa League defeat to Sporting Lisbon.

Arsenal, who are currently leading the race for the Premier League title this season, have now confirmed the Japanese will sit out the remainder of their campaign.

This news will reach manager Mikel Arteta as a huge blow as Tomiyasu’s absence will further weaken his defensive options ahead of their title run-in.

Arsenal’s statement on Tuesday said that subsequent assessments have confirmed that the right knee of the player was significantly injured during the Europa League game where they were eliminated by the Portuguese side.

“Tomi has had successful surgery in London on Tuesday and will be ruled out for the remainder of this season.

“Everyone at the club will now be working hard with Tomi, so he can join pre-season training ahead of next season,” the statement added.

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