Arsenal boss Arteta could start 'incredible' 6ft 2in talent v Burnley - TBR View
Arsenal summer signing Takehiro Tomiyasu hasn’t taken long to win the Gunners fanbase over.
The 22-year-old made his debut last Saturday as Arsenal picked up their first Premier League of the season.
Tomiyasu won plenty of aerial duels, looked tidy in possession and was a threat going forward.
Indeed, he nearly capped off his debut with a goal, sending a flying volley looping over the crossbar.
Tomiyasu came off just after the hour to a standing ovation by the Arsenal faithful, with some wondering why Mikel Arteta had taken him off.
The Gunners boss explained after the match that Tomiyasu “was cramping.
“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.”
Arsenal fans loved what they saw from Tomiyasu:
Incredible start from tomiyasu 🔥🔥— Wasaboo (@paeh___) September 11, 2021
Tomiyasu is incredible, exactly what we needed— Kyle (@afckyle_) September 11, 2021
Tomiyasu looks a player. That block on Pukki in the final stages was incredible. One small step forward. #UTA— Mitesh Lakhani (@MiteshLakhani1) September 11, 2021
Now, Arsenal face a huge test as they head to Burnley, one of the most physical teams in the league.
And Tomiyasu looks likely to start, given not only his quality, but his size and physicality.
Standing at a commanding 6ft 2in, the Japan international also boasts a robust physique.
Indeed, he gained a reputation as a tough, uncompromising defender in Serie A – one of the toughest leagues in the world for defending.
Against Norwich, Tomiyasu competed in eight aerial duels, winning seven, and often went into midfield to compete for the high ball.
In a nutshell, it would be extremely surprising were the Arsenal boss to leave Tomiyasu on the bench against Burnley.