Arsenal were one of the busier sides on deadline day as they managed to sign Japanese international Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna.
The deal was reportedly worth in the region of £19.8million, with the defender penning a long-term deal with the Gunners.
Mikel Arteta will be hoping his arrival can hand his side a much-needed boost, particularly in the defence given that they’ve already conceded nine goals across their opening three Premier League matches this season.
Tomiyasu is the third defender the club have brought in this window after Ben White was followed by Nuno Tavares, and it’ll be hoped the 22-year-old, who can play at right-back or centre-back, can prove an upgrade on Hector Bellerin who left to join Real Betis on loan.
In terms of his profile, Tomiyasu stands at 6ft 2ins and is both strong and quick. He tends to read the game very well and finished last season with a defensive duel success rate of 63%, though the same was closer to 66% when playing solely as a centre-back.
His speed helps him when covering depth or when engaging in one-v-one battles with pacey attackers, however, it’s also an asset when he plays at right-back and was expected to charge up and down the flank for his side.
When playing that role, Tomiyasu has previously illustrated that he isn’t really the type of player to attempt a high number of crosses or threaded balls into the box. He registered no assists last season and played just five passes that led directly to a shot.
However, the Japan international is an excellent passer of the ball which is perhaps one of the main reasons why Arsenal were keen to bring him in.
Whether playing in the heart of the defence, or in a wider full-back role, he is comfortable in possession, using both feet and playing a wide range of passes. The below highlights what is a typical pass map for the 22-year-old.
In that game, his final of the last campaign for Bologna, he was used as both a left and right back, performing impressively in both roles and finishing the game with a 100% success rate from his nine passes played into the opposition’s final third
Arteta will be hoping he can replicate this level of performance in the Premier League and hopefully become a key player for Arsenal not only in this season but also in the years to come.
Source by Football London