Arsenal signed Tomiyasu from Bologna on switch deadline day for a reported £17million and the Japanese defender has thanked his nationwide workforce supervisor for the sacrifice that allowed him to signal
Takehiro Tomiyasu has opened up on the finer particulars of his switch to Arsenal.
The Japanese defender, who can play at right-back or centre-back, joined the Gunners on deadline day from Bologna for a charge of £17million.
Mikel Arteta has been a long-time admirer of the 22-year-old, who had been linked with rivals Tottenham Hotspur earlier within the window resulting from his performances in Serie A and on the Olympic Games in his native Japan.
Tomiyasu was on obligation with Japan on deadline day and has thanked his worldwide boss, Hajima Moriyasu, for making a sacrifice that allowed him to finalise the late swap.
Japan started their World Cup qualifying marketing campaign on Thursday, shedding 1-0 within the dying embers at dwelling to Oman.
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Their star defender was given permission by Moriyasu to overlook the match and guarantee his switch went by means of.
A visit to China is up subsequent for Japan, who’re pitted in a six-team group as they bid to achieve Qatar in 2022.
The versatile defender started his profession with native J. League outfit Avispa Fukuoka earlier than spending a season in Belgium with St. Truiden, who paid £6.3million for the then teenager.
Bologna then snapped Tomiyasu up in 2019, the place proved his credentials in certainly one of Europe’s prime 5 divisions, making 64 appearances over two phrases within the Italy.
The 23-capped Japan worldwide, who will put on the No.18 shirt on the Emirates, acquired excessive reward from Arteta upon the announcement of his signing late on deadline day.
“Takehiro is a strong defender with good experience in Serie A and at international level,” the Spaniard instructed his club’s website.
“He’s a versatile defender with great defensive qualities, high technical ability and composure on the ball.
“He will likely be an vital member of our squad. We stay up for Takehiro becoming a member of up with us when he returns from worldwide obligation.”
Technical director Edu said: “We’re delighted to have signed Takehiro.
“We’ve been watching him for a while now and we’re pleased that we have reached an agreement with Bologna,” he added.
“He is an important addition to our squad.”
Following their behind-closed-doors 4-0 thrashing of Brentford, Arteta additionally instructed arsenal.com : “We followed him for a while.
“We wanted a full again who might be very versatile, can play as a centre again, can play in a again three, Tomi has this capability,” he stated.
“He is 22 years outdated however he has some actually good expertise in Serie A and at worldwide degree and with the qualities we’re on the lookout for.”