ARSENAL have been dealt a huge blow after Takehiro Tomiyasu went off injured against Newcastle on Monday night.
The Gunners’ 3-0 loss to Tottenham last week has left them needing maximum points from their last two games to secure a Champions League spot.
But the North Londoner’s cause wasn’t helped when Tomiyasu went down clutching his hamstring in the 37th minute of the Prem clash.
Medics rushed to his side but it was clear he couldn’t continue and he hobbled off the pitch.
But it remains to be seen how serious Tomiyasu’s injury is at this stage.
The Japanese defender was out for two months earlier this year with a calf injury.
Tomiyasu was subsequently taken off the pitch and replaced by Cedric Soares.
Soares was thrust into action immediately and had to help defend a Newcastle corner.
But the Gunners managed to hold on and end the first half on level terms with the Magpies who were superior in the opening 45 minutes.
The Gunners were already stretched at the back following Rob Holding’s sending off against Spurs.
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Ben White and Gabriel Maghalaes were both doubts for the game but were declared fit to take part in the proceedings.
Kieran Tierney is also still missing for the Gunners, further adding to Mikel Arteta’s defensive woes.
After getting past Newcastle, Arsenal still have to take on Everton.
And a win against the Toffees will be no easy task as Frank Lampard’s side are fighting for Prem survival.