Arsenal’s Takehiro Tomiyasu bodies Leroy Sane during defensive masterclass vs Germany

Takehiro Tomiyasu’s exceptional performance in Japan’s 4-1 victory over Germany hasn’t gone unnoticed, especially by Arsenal fans.

The Arsenal defender put on a remarkable display, drawing attention to his defensive prowess during the match. His standout performance not only contributed to Japan’s resounding win but also added to the mounting pressure on Germany’s coach, Hansi Flick.

Although Tomiyasu is typically deployed as a full-back for his club, often on the right, he played as a center-back for his national team during this friendly match.

Additionally, his versatility in being able to operate on the left provides Mikel Arteta with valuable options as he continues to experiment and make tactical adjustments with his Arsenal side this season.

Tomiyasu receives plaudits online for performance vs Germany

A viral compilation on social media has highlighted Takehiro Tomiyasu’s outstanding performance during the match, showcasing his comfort on the ball when initiating play from the back and his ability to win the ball back on multiple occasions, even against his fellow Arsenal teammate Kai Havertz.

One of the most notable moments from the game was Tomiyasu’s challenge on Bayern Munich forward Leroy Sane, where he executed a shoulder-to-shoulder tackle, seemingly with ease, sending Sane flying. This particular play has garnered significant attention and admiration.

Video: Tomiyasu bodies Sane

His performance certainly gives Mikel Arteta an additional selection choice across his back line after the groin injury to Thomas Partey, Rob Holding being sold to Crystal Palace, and Gabriel not starting the first three games of the Premier League season.

One Arsenal supporter commented on his performance via Twitter, saying: “It goes without saying that he seems quite comfortable playing as a centre-back based on his strengths. Arteta might have to rethink this inverted full-back experiment of his, if he watched the match.”

More woes for Germany

For Germany, their preparations for Euro 2024 got even worse as they slumped to five games without a win, including three defeats in a row. Sane had drawn the home side level, after Junya Ito scored the opener, only for Ayase Ueda to restore Japan’s lead three minutes later.

The visitors then held on impressively despite Germany dominating possession, and finished the game off with two goals after the 90th minute mark. With a home European Championships on the horizon next summer, Germany will want to find some good form in making sure they are competitive at the tournament, especially after their showing at the last World Cup in Qatar.

Video: Tomiyasu’s full highlights vs Germany

Former Bayern Munich manager and Champions League winner Hansi Flick may face the possibility of being relieved of his duties before the Euros if his team fails to improve their performance. Flick has been under significant scrutiny in Germany, especially since the national team’s early exit from the World Cup group stages last year.

In contrast, Japan is currently on a winning streak, securing three consecutive victories by defeating El Salvador and Peru with scores of 6-0 and 4-1, respectively.

Following his red card earlier in the season against Crystal Palace and his subsequent recovery from injury, Takehiro Tomiyasu is eager to continue delivering strong performances as he seeks a prominent role at Arsenal. His impressive display comes after a solid campaign last season, where he stood out as one of Arsenal’s top defenders before being sidelined due to a knee injury for an extended period.

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