Takehiro Tomiyasu’s motivation for joining Arsenal after ‘turning down’ other offers.
On transfer deadline day, Arsenal completed their sixth signing of the summer.
Takehiro Tomiyasu, who had a lifetime desire of playing in the Premier League, was signed on the final day of the transfer window by Arsenal. The Gunners paid £17 million for the Japanese defender, who had a number of approaches from high-flying clubs around Europe.
Arsenal acted quickly on Tomiyasu, offering him a four-year contract with an option for a fifth year in a successful day of business.
Arsenal didn’t have to break the bank to sign a promising young player still in his early 20s, since he is a highly desired defender with plenty of fans across Europe.
Both AC Milan and Atalanta were interested in Tomiyasu, two Serie A heavyweights who will compete in the Champions League next season.
As a result, his decision to join Arsenal is surprising, given that the north London club will be without European football of any kind for the first time in 25 years.
When you consider that his lifelong ambition is to play in the Premier League, according to Sky Italia, the puzzle begins to fall into place.
With this in mind, Tottenham would have been nearly certain to sign Tomiyasu if they had pursued his interest earlier in the summer.
Although they instead chose to acquire Cristian Romero, Arsenal’s north London rivals can at least offer UEFA Conference League action this season.
In many respects, Tomiyasu’s move to the Emirates is a dream come true, however considering their poor start to the season, he’ll have to fight hard to keep it that way.
When domestic play returns after the international break, the 22-year-old will be stepping into the lion’s den, with Gunners fans in despair as their team sits at the bottom of the table.
Mikel Arteta is already under fire after three consecutive defeats with zero goals scored, and Tomiyasu might play a key role in reducing the burden.
His versatility may be a blessing for the Gunners, as he can play right-back as well as the center of defence.
With Hector Bellerin joining Real Betis, full-back appears to be his most likely starting position, though Arteta may be forced to reshuffle centrally if their issues continue.
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