Arsenal new signing Takehiro Tomiyasu was wanted by Tottenham, rejected Barcelona as a kid and has never been sent off

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of defender Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna.

The Japan star was announced at the last minute in a £17million deal,

which means the Gunners board have backed Mikel Arteta to the tune of £150m this summer.

You’d be forgiven for not knowing too much about the 22-year-old but don’t worry, we’re on hand to tell you more.

Here are five facts about Tomiyasu…

The deal got over the line in the final hours on Deadline Day
The deal got over the line in the final hours on Deadline Day

He is versatile and physical

Tomiyasu has been adept both at right-back and centre-half over his two seasons in northern Italy.

Arsenal have swooped to sign Tomiyasu in a surprise deal
Arsenal have swooped to sign Tomiyasu in a surprise deal

One of his main strengths is his physicality; he is 6”2’ tall and won the ninth most aerial duels (91) in Italy’s top division last season, more than any other Arsenal player in their current

Welcome to The Arsenal, Takehiro Tomiyasu  pic.twitter.com/trL4Wq7zXW— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 31, 2021

Tottenham liked him too

He had been closely tracked by bitter Tottenham at one point, before they moved on to Barcelona’s Emerson Royal.

Spurs were reportedly unwilling to pay in excess of £15m for the player,

whose first opportunity to show them what they are missing could be the north London derby on September 26.

He could have gone to Barcelona

Tomiyasu left boyhood Japanese club Avispa Fukuoka for Belgian outfit Sint-Truiden in 2018 when he was just 19.

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But his first move to Europe might have actually happened when he was 11

had he accepted an offer from Barcelona to relocate, following a successful trial at the club’s soccer camp.

It only took one season in the Belgium Pro League to convince Bologna to pay £7.7m to take him to Serie A in 2019.

Tomiyasu moves to north London after two years in Bologna
Tomiyasu moves to north London after two years in Bologna

He’s a key player for his country

He has represented Japan at every age group from U16 right up to the senior ranks.

He’s already won 23 full caps despite only making his Japan debut in 2018,

Tomiyasu was included in the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) team of the decade,

as selected by the IFFHS (International Federation of Football History & Statistics).

He’s no hot-head like Granit Xhaka

Arsenal are famously the most red-carded team in Premier League history, in fact one more

and the Gunners will cut the tape for the red card 100 club –

though Tomiyasu will not be the bookies’ favourite to see his new club to the milestone.

There were 149 players booked more times than him in Serie A last season,

while he won 47 out 60 tackles attempted (78% success rate)

and has never been sent off in his club or international career.

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