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Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu posts message after season ruled over

Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu has delivered a positive message after seeing his season come to an early end.

Tomiyasu and fellow defender William Saliba face lay-offs following injuries in last week's Europa League exit against Sporting Lisbon.

But the table-topping Gunners have confirmed the Japan full-back will be out until the summer following knee surgery, whereas Saliba could be back soon after the international break.

Tomiyasu, 24, insists he will use his frustration positively.

First he re-posted a message from left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko that said: "Come back stronger brother!"

"I believe that this is the opportunity to be a better person and player.

"Thank you for your warm message and support. See you soon!!!"

Tomiyasu had lost his first-choice place at right-back to Ben White this season.

But he's still racked up 31 appearances, largely because he can play on either flank.

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