Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Takehiro Tomiyasu’s versatility was the important thing cause behind his signing, whereas he could be very happy with the membership’s summer season switch enterprise.
The Gunners took their spending previous the £150million mark after bringing in Japan worldwide Tomiyasu from Bologna on deadline day, the final of six new additions to the first-team squad.
Though Arsenal’s curiosity within the 22-year-old appeared to return out of nowhere on the very finish of the window, the membership had truly been monitoring him for a while.
Arteta had made a brand new right-back one of many key positions he needed to strengthen and, according to The Athletic, had been deliberating between signing Brighton’s attacking full-back Tariq Lamptey and Tomiyasu.
The 2 have very contrasting types, although, and it was felt that the previous Chelsea defender could possibly be focused by aerial crosses on the again publish resulting from his lack of peak, with the identical drawback true of Norwich Metropolis’s Max Aarons who was additionally briefly thought-about.
However the tall and rangy Tomiyasu has no such points and Arteta has now confirmed that Arsenal have been notably interested in his capability to additionally play as a centre-back and as a part of a again three.
‘We adopted him for some time,’ Arteta informed the membership’s official web site following a behind-closed-doors pleasant victory over Brentford on Thursday.
‘We would have liked a full again who could possibly be very versatile, can play as a centre again, can play in a again three and Tomi has this capability.
‘He’s 22 years outdated however he has some actually good expertise in Serie A and at worldwide degree and with the qualities we’re searching for.’
On the younger profile of Arsenal’s signings, Arteta continued: ‘Sure, totally different experiences, some had expertise within the league, some overseas, and a few have been coached in different methods, however they’re gamers we’ve adopted for a very long time that we knew may match within the mannequin we try to implement on the membership. So we’re happy.’
Requested how he intends to combine the brand new arrivals, he added: ‘Once more, it’s 16/17 adjustments to the squad – it’s a lot. It’s important to mix all of them collectively, a few of them haven’t even skilled with us but as a result of they’ve nonetheless to return within the subsequent week or so.
‘As fast as attainable. We have now a very good group, they’ll assist them to adapt as fast as attainable and get them to work with us and see after we can combine all collectively.’
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