Arsenal claimed a vital win over Norwich City on Saturday afternoon, and defender Takehiro Tomiyasu impressed Kieran Tierney with his performance.
After three defeats in a row to start to the new Premier League season, Arsenal simply had to beat Norwich.
They were more dangerous going forward than in recent outings. It may have only been 1-0 thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but this was an improvement.
Mikel Arteta needs to gather some momentum now, and having Tomiyasu in will help.
Tomiyasu makes his Arsenal debut
Signed from Bologna on transfer deadline day, Tomiyasu only landed a work permit on Friday.
The Japanese defender had been away on international duty and only arrived in London a matter of days ago.
Arteta threw Tomiyasu straight into the Arsenal starting lineup. A centre back by trade, Tomiyasu started at right back.
Tomiyasu was impressive in the air, winning seven aerial battles on his Arsenal debut. With two clearances, one tackle won, one accurate cross and one successful dribble, this was a fine all-round performance.
Tomiyasu even went close to scoring with an acrobatic first-half shot. All things considered, this was a great debut for Tomiyasu.
Tierney reacts to Tomiyasu performance
Tomiyasu took to Instagram to send a message to Arsenal fans.
He stated that his debut was a ‘special day’, branding the Arsenal supporters ‘amazing’. The defender added that he will keep trying to get better, saying all the right things.
Arsenal teammate Kieran Tierney responded with just two words, stating ‘brilliant mate’ in response to Tomiyasu.
Being called ‘brilliant’ by Tierney is a real positive start for Tomiyasu, and he will hope to continue in the same way.