Micah Richards gives his verdict on Arsenal man Tomiyasu

Mikel Arteta made the surprise decision to start Takehiro Tomiyasu on the left of the defence, and the £16m man really struggled. Arteta chose to start him in order to cope with Leroy Sane on Arsenal’s left.

despite having Oleksandr Zinchenko and Jakub Kiwior playing on the left this season. Bayern’s goal came from that flank, an overhit cross that went to the right – before Kimmich headed into the net.

The Japan star had not been given a start since the turn of the year and it showed. Matt Upson claiming Gabriel had to look after Tomiyasu throughout. Micah Richards was critical of the former Bologna man.

“I think at left-back, I wouldn’t say they have struggled but it’s been a weaker point with Zinchenko at times and they have brought in Tomiyasu who has not been the same,” Richards told The Rest Is Football.

“They have brought in Kiwior, who has played. Timber also got injured. They are all very good players in that position but they have not been performing at that consistent level.”