Arsenal fans have noticed a rather telling and encouraging statistic in regards to deadline day signing Takehiro Tomiyasu after he made his debut in the 1-0 win over Norwich City.
Tomiyasu, 22, played 62 minutes in an impressive performance that demonstrated maybe just why Edu and co. shelved out around £16million to sign the Japanese international right at the end of the transfer window.
Alongside the supporters, manager Mikel Arteta was very pleased with what he saw out there on the Emirates Stadium pitch from the defender, who was the one player amongst a few others who really stood out.
He gave his verdict in the post-match press conference: “Really positive. That’s the first impression when we met him, it’s all joy happiness, smiles and good energy.
“The moment he steps on the pitch, he’s really focused and determined. He understands the role really well and I think he was really good.
“He was cramping, he only trained a day and half with us. He had to travel and emotionally it was first game as well so we had to take him off.”
Now that the dust has settled on a rather productive Premier League start for the former Serie A defender, fans on social media site Reddit have been reflecting in relation to what they saw that could be a promising sign going forwards for the rest of the new campaign.
One statistic that already indicates the success of what looked like a risky punt at the last minute from the Arsenal board, is that Tomiyasu’s 62 minutes in this game is already more than what four former East Asian players who have donned the Gunners jersey in the past have managed combined.
The quartet of players in this example included all of; Junichi Inamoto, Park Chu Young, Ryo Miyaichi and Takuma Asano.
Between the four, they only featured in a total of 25 minutes of Premier League action combined during the Arsene Wenger era whilst the new versatile defender has already eclipsed that in one game which is impressive, to say the least.
Here’s how a select number of Arsenal fans reacted on Reddit to seeing this specific statistic surface on the club’s past and present Japanese players.
@eduadinho has admitted: ‘We definitely haven’t had the best of luck with footballers from Asia. Here’s hoping Tomiyasu shines.’
@fredoink has given his in-depth assessment of this statistic: ‘My take is that the difference is the need. As of now, there is not a satisfying performing RB in the team, so Tomi is given the opportunity based on his performance in that slot.
‘The others, when they arrive, if I remember correct, there are already more than enough players there so their chances are much slim.’
@RemoteLostControl put: ‘Tomi was sharp in all of those 62 minutes, no doubt he will play a full 90 in the next game. Spare a thought for AMN tho, I hope he gets to play all the cup games.’
Finally, @rethafrey pointed out a telling trend that could highlight the thinking behind why Edu specifically went for Tomiyasu compared to other options: ‘Japan defenders tend to last longer in EPL. A prime example is Yoshida.’
Source by Football London