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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has raved about Takehiro Tomiyasu and has said that he did not initially think that the Gunners would be able to sign the defender, as quoted on Arseblog News.

Arteta’s Arsenal signed Tomiyasu from Bologna on summer transfer deadline day.

Arsenal’s bitter North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur were also reported to be interested in the 22-year-old Japan international defender, but they eventually signed Emerson Royal from Barcelona.

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Arteta has spoken highly of Tomiyasu, who can operate as a right-back or as a centre-back, and has said that he did not expect Arsenal to sign him.

The Arsenal boss said about Tomiyasu, as quoted on Arseblog News: “We didn’t even have time to introduce him but that shows me how intelligent the fans are.

“They picked him up straight away. It probably helps that he had a smile on his face, he looks clean, he looks honest, he looks transparent.

“Then, when he’s on the pitch, he looks fully committed, he doesn’t doubt, he goes for every ball, he’s reassuring, he’s got a presence and he’s a very honest player.

“You could see the reaction and the connection that he had straight away with the fans and that’s very pleasing because it was so quick.

Arteta added: “Tomi, obviously, he was for for all of us a player with a huge [potential]. We didn’t know that he could be in the market because we didn’t believe there could be a possibility but the moment that opened, the club was straight away in a really convincing way, efficient and clear that we had to do it. We’re very happy to have him.”

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Important player for Arsenal

Tomiyasu made his debut for Arsenal against Norwich City last season and made a very good impression on the fans.

The Japan international started at right-back and was brilliant in the role.

The youngster took two shots, had a pass accuracy of 69%, won seven headers, took 49 touches, attempted one dribble, made one tackle and two clearances, and put in one cross.

Tomiyasu is now likely to make the right-back position his role at Arsenal.

The Japan international could develop into a world-class defender in the coming years.

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