Japanese international Takehiro Tomiyasu has expressed his happiness in joining Arsenal on a deadline day transfer from Bologna. Tomiyasu became the sixth signing after the Gunners spent well over £100m to bring in the likes of Ben White, Nuno Tavares and Aaron Ramsdale.
Tomiyasu, who could play as a full-back or central defender would be expected to improve Arsenal’s defence as they are currently placed 20th in the league. Speaking to Japanese media Tomiyasu said “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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Having represented his national team in Tokyo Olympics, the defender admitted he might be lacking with the pre-season fitness. He added “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.”
“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.”