Mikel Arteta on what Arsenal’s fans can expect from new signing Tomiyasu


Mikel Arteta on what Arsenal’s fans can expect from new signing Tomiyasu


Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has, on Thursday, opened up on the club’s swoop for deadline day addition Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Gunners making moves

It of course proved an altogether eventful summer on the red half of North London.

Amid the ongoing efforts of Arteta and co. to overhaul the club’s playing squad, a host of changes were forthcoming, both on the incomings and outgoings front.

The Gunners, either permanently or on a loan basis, parted ways with the likes of David Luiz, Lucas Torreira, Hector Bellerin, Joe Willock and Matteo Guendouzi.

And, though the majority of the club’s supporters were left feeling somewhat underwhelmed, those in a position of power at the Emirates were also not shy in splashing the cash.

All of Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares and Martin Odegaard linked up with Arsenal over the last couple of months.

Mikel Arteta on what Arsenal’s fans can expect from new signing Tomiyasu

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – AUGUST 13: Ben White of Arsenal controls the ball under pressure from Bryan Mbeumo of Brentford during the Premier League match between Brentford and Arsenal at Brentford Community Stadium on August 13, 2021 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

‘The qualities we are looking for’

Last through the door, on deadline day earlier this week, meanwhile, was Takehiro Tomiyasu.

On the back of Bellerin’s loan move to Real Betis, the Gunners quickly swooped to add some long overdue reinforcements at right-back, luring Japanese international Tomiyasu to the English capital from Serie A outfit Bologna.

So, just what can the Arsenal faithful expect from their most recent addition?

Well, speaking to the media on the back of his side’s behind-closed-doors meeting with Brentford this afternoon, Mikel Arteta was drawn on precisely that.

And the Spaniard went on to explain:

‘We followed him for a while.’

‘We needed a full back who could be very versatile, can play as a centre back, can play in a back three, Tomi has this capacity.’

‘He is 22 years old but he has some really good experience in Serie A and at international level and with the qualities we are looking for.’


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