Takehiro Tomiyasu speaks out after joining Arsenal on deadline day

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Takehiro Tomiyasu joined Arsenal on deadline day.

Takehiro Tomiyasu has opened up about the tough times he’s had in Italy (Picture: Getty)

New signing Takehiro Tomiyasu has admitted his delight after sealing a deadline day transfer to Arsenal and sees the move as a ‘new start’ to his career following a turbulent time in Italy. 

The Japanese international, who can play at full back or as a central defender in a back three, joined the Gunners in a deal believed to be worth around £17m from Italian club Bologna. 

He became Arsenal’s sixth summer signing after the club also brought in Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Aaron Ramsdale and Nuno Tavares. 

Speaking on Friday, Tomiyasu couldn’t hide his delight about moving to the Premier League and explained the challenges he has faced during the last couple of seasons. 

‘I feel that the team has changed and it is a new start. The Premier League is the stage I was originally aiming for, and I am happy to join Arsenal, a global, big club,’ he told Japanese media.

‘I’m grateful that I was able to talk to the [Japanese] association and the director and go to Europe to transfer, because without it I wouldn’t have been able to do it.

Tomiyasu will be hoping to hit the ground running at the Emirates.

Tomiyasu can play as a full back, as well as a central defender (Picture: Getty)

‘I’ve had more injuries in Italy and I’ve had muscular injuries in the last two years. I wasn’t in good shape, and with that, I couldn’t do it at 100 per cent, or I wasn’t happy with the performance [in the last few months] at all. I hope that this transfer will lead to a positive direction, and I think we have to move on.’

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Tomiyasu, who is currently away with the Japanese national team in Qatar, also took part in the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer. He has opened up about the lack of a pre-season and vows to work hard to get up to speed as soon as possible.

‘I played against Atalanta [in the Serie A] for about 10 minutes, but I couldn’t get into it. Many Olympic athletes play the match without time off, so I think I’m tired. I got a break and I haven’t played in the games,’ he said.

‘I have to regain my intuition, so I’m going to practice to be aggressive. I have to improve my mental and physical skills by the time of the game. I don’t think it should be tough.’

Tomiyasu could make his Arsenal debut when they play host to newly promoted Norwich on September 11, as the club continues to search for their first points of the new Premier League season.


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