Arsenal fans wanted a new right back signed on transfer deadline day, and they landed one in Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.
The Gunners sanctioned a deal for Hector Bellerin to go out on loan, returning to Spain with a move to Real Betis.
Mikel Arteta already has three options at right back; Calum Chambers, Cedric Soares and the currently-exiled Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
He doesn’t appear to fancy any of them as his first choice in that role though, and that’s why Arsenal have struck a deal to sign Tomiyasu.
The Japanese international is usually a centre back by trade, but has also operated as a right back during his time with Bologna.
So just what are Arsenal getting?
Tomiyasu is strong and capable of playing out from the back, but his pace is what has really impressed over the years.
This goes all the way back to Tomiyasu’s time emerging in his Japanese hometown of Fukuoka, with coach Kanji Tsuji raving about him.
Tsuji spoke to Sponichi Annex in Japan back in 2018, suggesting that he has never seen anybody run quite like Tomiyasu did, claiming he ran like the wind.
Tsuji added that Tomiyasu was ‘horribly fast’ and nobody in Fukuoka had a chance of catching him, so Arsenal fans will be looking to see that pace coming in handy both defensively and going forward.
“It was a way of running that I had never seen before. It was like a wind,” said Tsuji. “When he dribbled, probably no one in Fukuoka had a leg to catch up with him. He was horribly fast,” he added.