Arsenal star Takehiro Tomiyasu delivered a masterclass as Japan beat Germany 4-1 last night, and he gave Mikel Arteta something to ponder with his performance.

The defender lined up as a left-sided centre-back, a position which he has not played in for Arsenal in the Premier League at all since his arrival two years ago.

Tomiyasu dropped an excellent performance as he came up against his Arsenal teammate Kai Havertz, as well as former Manchester City stars Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan.

His ability on the ball was on full display as he helped dictate the game with his wide range of long passing, attempting 11 long balls to switch the play.

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His overall performance helped shut Havertz and Sane out of the game, and he looked back to his best in terms of fitness as he comfortably kept pace with the speedy German attackers.

Arteta has something to think about

Tomiyasu initially played as a right-back when he first joined Arsenal, but Ben White has now nailed down that role.

This season he has helped cover for Oleksandr Zinchenko as an inverted left-back, but whilst he was comfortable defensively in this role, questions have been raised about his attacking output on the left compared to the Ukranian.

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His performance as a left centre-back shows that he could be an option in the middle, as cover for Gabriel Magalhaes, and this could mean he plays to his strengths.

His ability in the air, combined with his speed and defensive ferocity is what makes the 24-year-old an excellent defender, with Martin Keown once describing him as “dominant,” but going forward he sometimes leaves a lot to be desired despite his strong passing skills.

If he was to play as a centre-back for Arsenal, he could utilise his strengths without worrying about his attacking ability, and this may be something Arteta considers as the fixture list piles up once the Champions League campaign begins.

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