Mikel Arteta suggests new Arsenal signing could play in three different positions
Mikel Arteta says new Arsenal star Takehiro Tomiyasu could end up playing in three different roles for the Gunners, after his deadline-day move.
Tomiyasu, 22, joined the club in a deal that could reach a huge £23million (Express) with add-ons, in the final moments of Tuesday’s deadline day.
The Japan international caught the attention of Premier League clubs – most notably Arsenal and Tottenham – after shining in Serie A with Bologna.
A player with 23 Japan caps already, and 64 appearances for Bologna – Arsenal have decided to make their move. Arteta has spoken about him.
He highlighted his new recruit’s versatility to play for the Gunners in three different roles. Right-back, centre-back, and right of a back three.
“We needed a full back who could be versatile, can play as a centre back, can play in a three, Tomi has this capacity,” Arteta told Football London.
“He is 22 years old but he has some really good experience in Serie A and at international level and with the qualities we are looking for.”
Arteta on Tomiyasu: Versatility makes him real value for money
With Arsenal allowing Hector Bellerin to join Real Betis, a new right-back was needed. Tomiyasu provides the technique and pace of a full back.
But he also has the necessary, perhaps more physical traits, of a centre-back. He is good on the ball, and that allows him to play in a back three.
Also, Tomiyasu is solid in their and physically capable. He certainly has a bit of everything. So, at 22 and £23million, he is really value for money.
A good signing if he could offer an option in one of these positions. Being able to offer options in all three makes him a proper Arsenal bargain.
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