Arsenal has confirmed that defender Takehiro Tomiyasu has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a  knee injury.

The 24-year-old right-back was withdrawn nine minutes into the Europa League last-16 defeat by Sporting Lisbon last Thursday and left the Emirates Stadium on crutches with the club confirming that the Japanese underwent successful surgery.

 Tomiyasu has been a regular appearance maker during Arsenal’s surge to the top having played 31 games across all competitions this campaign but will now have to sit out of the club’s remaining ten games as they fight to wrestle the league title from Manchester City.

Arteta’s side will take on a Major League Soccer All-Stars team managed by Wayne Rooney on July 19 ahead of the new season. The match is set to take place in Washington DC at Audi Field, the home of DC United, who Rooney has been in charge of since last summer.

Arsenal, the current Premier League leaders, were the last English side to feature in the annual MLS All-Stars game, back in 2016 when they won 2-1 in San Jose.

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