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Ian Wright has called on Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol to apologise to Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu for “disrespect”.
Wright has leapt to the defence of Tomiyasu after a video of Solhekol commenting on the Japanese defender’s move to Arsenal resurfaced on social media this week.
In the clip, which was recorded earlier this year when Tomiyasu’s move from Bologna to Arsenal was confirmed, Solhekol said on Sky Sports News: “I’ve just got a message that said ‘Tomiyasu was offered to most clubs in the Premier League.
“He’s a good player but he’s not really a right-back nor is he a central defender. I’m not sure how he will get on at Arsenal.’
“That is one of the agents that was trying to find him a club.”
Wright retweeted the video on Sunday, along with the caption: “Apologies as loud as the disrespect please!!!!! @SkyKaveh”
Tomiyasu has made an impressive start to life in England and has already featured 15 times for the Gunners in the Premier League.
The Japan international has played a key role in Arsenal’s upturn in form, with Mikel Arteta’s side now fourth in the league following Saturday’s 4-1 win over Leeds.
Tomiyasu was substituted in the second half of the win at Elland Road but Arteta is hopeful the defender hasn’t suffered a serious injury.
“It was more of a muscular injury,” said Arteta.
“He’s got a big load on him because he’s played every single minute since he’s joined us and even this week he’s been struggling a little bit.
“We decided to take him off, he wasn’t 100 per cent confident to continue in the game, and hopefully he’s not injured.”
Arsenal next face Sunderland in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday before returning to Premier League action at bottom club Norwich on Sunday.
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