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Mikel Arteta throws cold water on Takehiro Tomiyasu to Bayern Munich rumors

Arteta very much wants Tomiyasu to stay at Arsenal long term.

Arsenal Training Session Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

It is well known that Thomas Tuchel is trying to sign a defender and a defensive midfielder for Bayern Munich during the January transfer window. They missed out on securing players in both positions at the eleventh hour of the summer transfer window, but remain determined to bring in the right reinforcements in just two month’s time.

Earlier this week, reports circulated linking Arsenal’s Takehiro Tomiyasu with a potential move to Bayern. The Japan international’s contract with the Gunners currently runs through June 2024 after spending three seasons with the club, but there is an option for one more year on his current deal.

Knowing that Bayern is interested in signing him this winter, Arsenal is now prepared to offer Tomiyasu a contract extension, partially as an effort to ward off Bayern and other clubs that might be interested in signing him. His tactical versatility is a big reason why Bayern is keen on acquiring his services, as Arteta has already used him at both center back and wide back so far this season. This is something that would be highly beneficial for Tuchel and Bayern, especially with the current rate at which defenders are getting injured.

Addressing the rumors, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta recently threw some cold water on the suggestion that Bayern would be signing the Japanese defender, or that he would be leaving Arsenal at all, for that matter. “I really want him to stay. I value the player a lot. He’s loved and respected by everybody at the club. He’s at the level we need to make an impact on the team. He will continue to be with us,” Arteta explained ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Brentford (via @iMiaSanMia).

Arteta will also fully understand where Tuchel is coming from as far as why he needs more defensive reinforcements that are versatile. Shortly after bursting onto the scene for Arsenal, William Saliba spent the majority of last season injured, which was a massive headache for Arteta do have to deal with in their title race against Manchester City. He has already been using Benjamin White predominantly as a right-back when he is a center-back by trade, where he used to play for Brighton and Hove Albion before making the move to Arsenal.

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