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'Amazing': Ex-director says Arsenal new boy has Cristiano Ronaldo's mentality

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Takehiro Tomiyasu has become a fan favourite at Arsenal since his debut last month, and his former sporting director, Andre Pinto, has claimed that he has the same mentality as Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Japanese international has been one of Arsenal’s best players since he joined the club. He has been fantastic at the back and his runs to the final third have been pretty impressive as well.

Every Arsenal fan who has seen him so far can tell that he is extremely hardworking. He runs his socks off every single game and Pinto has now revealed that he has always been the same.

Tomiyasu joined Pinto’s Sint-Truiden in 2018. He made a fantastic name for himself there, and his work ethic made the Belgian club’s sporting director believe that he has the same mentality as Ronaldo.

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Tomiyasu and Ronaldo share a similar mentality

Pinto said in an interview with Goal: “What is amazing about Tomi is that he doesn’t accept anything that isn’t success. He’s not lucky, nothing for Tomi comes because he’s lucky.

“He’s just a hard-working player. You find a lot of dedicated players, but Tomi has a little bit of the Cristiano Ronaldo mentality in terms of determination, in terms of working hard and in terms of eating healthy.

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“He is the type of player who is never satisfied. He will always continue to work hard to keep developing himself.”

Since joining Arsenal, Tomiyasu has won every single game, has a stunning 87.5% success rate in aerial duels and has won the most aerial and ground duels as well. (Squawka) He has taken no time to settle in, which is really impressive.

Arsenal fans absolutely love him and so does Arteta. He is the Gunners’ undisputed first-choice right-back now and the fact that he’s still only 22 means he can make that position his own for the better part of the next decade.

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