Mikel Arteta has given an update on Takehiro Tomiyasu ahead of the weekend’s game against Watford and it looks like the defender will be missing this one, too.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on January 01, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on January 01, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Takehiro Tomiyasu is currently out with a calf problem and has only played 90 minutes in the last eight games.

“We’re in the same place as last week, we still have a doubt over Tomiyasu,” Arteta told reporters at his pre-Watford press conference.

“The rest, I think they are all in a good place.”

Tomiysau returned to feature on the bench against Brentford, having recovered from a calf problem that made him miss the games against Spurs, Burnley, Wolves, and Chelsea.

Unfortunately, he then had a problem in his other calf, which ruled him out against Wolves on Thursday night and will, as we predicted, likely keep him out of the game against Roy Hodgson’s Watford.

Emile Smith Rowe also missed the game against Wolves through illness, but he has been back in training and seems fit again for selection.

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