Arsenal defender, Takehiro Tomiyasu, is determined to return to his best form after admitting that he had lost confidence due to limited playing time last season.
The Japanese player started only 13 times in all competitions during the 2022/23 season and missed the last two months of the campaign after undergoing knee surgery.
Tomiyasu’s performances further declined, notably during Arsenal’s Europa League second-leg defeat to Sporting Lisbon in March, and he was also involved in Kevin De Bruyne’s first goal in the crucial 3-1 loss to Manchester City in January.
“You need to learn from injuries and mistakes like the one against Manchester City. You have good and bad moments, but you must learn a lot from those bad moments,” said Tomiyasu.
Meanwhile, Ben White impressed after being shifted to the right-back position by Mikel Arteta, while Tomiyasu struggled with injuries and regaining his form.
Unfortunately, the 24-year-old player went from being a regular starter in the 2021/22 season to spending more time on the bench last season.
“Ben White played very well, and honestly, I lost my confidence. But the injury period lasted for four months, and I had many things on my mind during that time,” he explained.
“Now I feel good, not only physically but also mentally and for my career. Everything is positive.”
Under Mikel Arteta’s guidance, Tomiyasu has played across the entire defensive line, and he featured as a left-back during a friendly match against Manchester United.
Arteta has several versatile defensive players at his disposal, but Tomiyasu is not worried about his playing time amid the tough competition.
“Clearly, not just me, we have players like Ben White, Timber, and Kiwior who can play as full-backs or center-backs,” he said.
“For me, it’s the same. I just want to be on the pitch. I want to play as much as possible and help the team. Which position, I don’t care. I haven’t talked to the manager about it, I don’t know.”
Furthermore, the former Bologna player will experience his first-ever Champions League campaign with Arsenal this season, and that prospect motivates him to ensure he is ready to be a starter wherever he is called upon.
“I’m very excited to play [in the Champions League] and just want to be on the pitch to help the team. So, the first thing I need to do is prove my abilities in training.
“The level in training is much higher than last season. It’s good for the team and for me. If you want to be a better player, you have to play with better players in a competitive environment,” he concluded.