Just 15 minutes before the 11 p.m. deadline, Arsenal confirms the £17 million purchase of Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Takehiro Tomiyasu has become Arsenal’s sixth key summer acquisition.
Arsenal has completed the £17 million signing of Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna. To seal his deadline-day move, the Japanese international, who can play right-back or centre-back, finalized personal terms and conducted a medical. The agreement was announced just 15 minutes before the deadline of 11 p.m. on Tuesday.
Hector Bellerin is completing his own medical ahead of a season-long loan to Real Betis, so the Gunners’ new addition arrives at the perfect moment.
That agreement will contain a buyout option, bringing the Spaniard’s 10-year stint with the Emirates to a close.
Personal terms and a physical examination were reportedly simple for Tomiyasu, and the deal moved fast on deadline day.
The 22-year-old will be a capable Bellerin replacement, but Mikel Arteta will benefit from his increased adaptability if a centre-back crisis arises.
Arsenal do, however, require protection at right-back, with Cedric Soares and Caleb Chambers not exactly shining at the start of the season.
It’s quite the coup for Arsenal, who have secured a player in want this summer at such a low price after weeks of interest from Tottenham.
The Gunners, after a poor start to the Premier League season, will need all the support they can get in holding opponents at bay.
They conceded five goals at Manchester City last time out, dropping them to the bottom of the table as we approach the international break.
Ben White was brought in as the summer’s most expensive defensive signing for £50 million, but his dismal start against Brentford appears to have spurred Arteta to re-enter the market for reinforcements.
Arteta will be under pressure to correct the mistakes of last season, as well as the start of this season, after spending a massive £150 million on new acquisitions this summer.
Tomiyasu is entering the lion’s den at a time when the atmosphere surrounding the club is on the verge of collapsing.
Thankfully, he gets a two-week international break to gather his bearings, get to know his teammates, and learn about his new manager’s ideas.
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