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Official: Arsenal sign Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna

01/09/2021; 12:52 PM By : Steven D. Thompson

It was a pretty eventful transfer deadline day, with lots of deals happening in quick succession as expected. We did promise to cover the latest transfer news on Betpack and we will keep to our word just as we said.

Well over 40 transfers spanning clubs across Europe took place, but we will be taking a look at some of the biggest moves of the day.

Arsenal always find a way to be in the news and it is no surprise that they are involved here once again. After struggling for game time for the past one year, Hector Bellerin was finally allowed to leave the club, having completed a late move to Real Betis on deadline day.

In a quick move to replace the right-back, Arsenal went to a rather ‘unknown’ name as they went on to announce the signing of Japanese international Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Who is Takehiro Tomiyasu?

The first question on the lips of many, including Arsenal fans, was the question asking who Takehiro is.

Takehiro is a 22-year-old defender who plays predominantly as a right-back and can also cover at centre back if needed as well. He has a reputation of going forward as a defender and his athleticism makes him a very good part of an attacking setup. He also has a good crossing ability and has scored a decent amount of goals from range.

He already has well over 50 games in the Serie A playing for Bologna as well as international experience with Japan. Still only 22, he boasts the physical profile Arsenal need in a right-back, especially as that area has been lacking for quite some time.

What has been said about Tomiyasu

Arsenal announced the deal to sign the young defender on their website in the late hours of the deadline day. Though many remained on the fence, having never seen or heard of him, there was some positive review from some quarters.

On the path of Arsenal, the club’s technicalctor, Edu, said he was delighted with the club’s business to sign the Japanese, while going on to add that he will be an important member of the squad.

Club coach Mikel Arteta touched more on the player’s abilities, calling him a versatile defender that can be deployed in different setups, just as earlier mentioned.

After a woeful start to their season, it is now expected that Tomiyasu will step into the club’s first team immediately, displacing those who have been deployed in that spot this season.

The mirror effect of this move saw a ‘true’ Gunner in Hector Bellerin depart after spending a decade at the club. Perhaps a return to his boyhood club could help reignite his career in due time.

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