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