Arsenal should sell Rob Holding, not Takehiro Tomiyasu


LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Nottingham Forest at Emirates Stadium on October 30, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

If there’s a defender to leave Arsenal this summer, it should be Rob Holding, not Takehiro Tomiyasu.

There’s talk about the Gunners offloading some of their fringe players to make room for other signings they want to close and to also balance the squad. Now there’s a report suggesting that Inter Milan have turned their attention to Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Apparently, the Italian side wants to recruit the Gunner. With the temptation Arsenal has to offload some of their stars and balance their unbearable squad, it may not be surprising for them to sanction the Japanese international’s exit. However, such a move isn’t something I feel the Arsenal decision-makers need to consider.

Tomiyasu is versatile; he can play at right back, left back, and centre back. And even though, with the arrival of Timber and the realisation that Kieran Tierney is not leaving, he may have lost his favour, he still needs to stay.

Injury free Tomiyasu is a decent defender and can, in his own way, fight to start. With Arsenal needing a stronger bench considering that they are now in the Champions League, Having a player like Tomiyasu on the bench is reasonable, unlike having a player like Rob Holding on the bench.

Transfer bids for Tomiyasu shouldn’t be considered; if there’s a defensive exit, it should be Rob Holding, or no defender leaves.


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