Japan international TakehiroTomiyasu made a welcomed return to the Arsenal starting XI for the London Derby encounter with hosts West Ham United in the Premier League after several months out with injury.

Arsenal fans showed their delight towards his return from injury when they cheered him as he came on as a late substitute during the 3-1 home win over Manchester United in the league penultimate weekend. He made his return from injury against the Red Devils after almost four months. His last appearance was when the Japan national team defender was rushed back from injury after a week for him to feature in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semifinal tie with Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium. He was clearly unfit as Liverpool beat hosts Arsenal 2-0 through a pair of goals from Diogo Jota either side of the interval to book their place in the Carabao Cup final via a 2-0 aggregate victory. Liverpool would go on to beat Chelsea on penalties in the final for their first trophy this season.

Japan international Tomiyasu was given his first Arsenal start in almost four months when the Gunners travelled the short distance to take on the Hammers in a London Derby clash on Sunday. He made his contribution to ensure that Arsenal boosted their top-four hopes with the 2-1 win over West Ham United.

Arsenal had lost fourth spot to North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur before they kicked a ball against the Hammers after Spurs beat Leicester City 3-1 in the early kickoff on Sunday. Arsenal needed to respond with a win over the Hammers to reclaim fourth spot and they did just that with Rob Holding and Gabriel Magalhaes scoring either side of the half-time interval and either side of the West Ham equaliser from Jarrod Bowen.