Tomiyasu unable to stop Arsenal’s Champions League exit

Japan defender Takehiro Tom­iyasu returned to the Arsenal starting lineup following an in­jury layoff but could not prevent the English side’s Champions League quarterfinal exit as Bay­ern Munich claimed a 3-2 aggre­gate victory with their 1-0 win in Wednesday’s second leg.


Manager Mikel Arteta opt­ed for Tomiyasu on the left of his four-man defence, and the 25-year-old kept Bayern wing­er Leroy Sane quiet at Allianz Arena, but Joshua Kimmich’s 63rd-minute header gave the German giants the deci­sive goal. Tomiyasu was hurt in early February while playing for Japan at the Asian Cup and had been limited to four substitute appearances in the Premier League since mak­ing his return at the end of March.


He was left on the bench when Arsenal drew 2-2 at home


in the first leg against Bayern on 9 April. Arsenal were playing in this stage of the competition for the first time in 14 seasons.


A “sad and disappointed” Ar­teta said Arsenal’s defensive laps­es in the opening leg put them in a difficult position. “It was a tie of very small margins — in the first leg, we conceded two very poor goals, and that has a big effect in the tie,” he said. — Kyodo