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Tomiyasu shares what appealed to him the most about joining Arsenal

Arsenal summer signing Takehiro Tomiyasu has spoken of his excitement about joining “one of the biggest clubs in the world”.

The Gunners signed the Japan international on transfer deadline day from Italian outfit Bologna for a reported £16million.

Tomiyasu met Mikel Arteta for the first time after the September international break, and trained with his new teammates.

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Last Thursday, he was granted a work permit, which meant he could feature at the weekend.

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The 22-year-old then started for Arsenal in their 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday, though he came off just after the hour.

“He was cramping,” Arteta said after the game.

“Obviously he only trained a day and a half with us, he had to travel, and emotionally it was his first game and we had to take him off.”

On Tuesday, the Gunners shared part one of their first interview with Tomiyasu on Twitter.

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When asked how he feels signing for the club, the defender replied: “I am buzzing because Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world.

And to play in the Premier League was my big dream when I was young – so I am happy to be here.

“I never imagined that I could play as a player of Arsenal, so I am so excited.

And when asked about what appealed to him about the club, he responded: “As I say, Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world, so that’s it.”

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