Mikel Arteta's comments suggest Arsenal star Tomiyasu and Santi Cazorla share a very similar trait - TBR View
If you’re an Arsenal fan and someone asked you to name a two-footed player, your immediate answer would be Santi Cazorla. Gunners defender Takehiro Tomiyasu is apparently very similar to the Spaniard in that aspect of his game.
The Japan international joined Mikel Arteta’s side from Bologna on transfer deadline day last summer. He was brilliant in Italy during his time there, but there were a few question marks over how he’d fare in the Premier League.
Tomiyasu has ended those concerns. He has been absolutely incredible for Arsenal when he has been fit, and one of his best traits is how comfortable he is on the ball with both feet.
Arteta was asked about Tomiyasu being two-footed yesterday and the Arsenal boss claimed that it doesn’t matter for the defender which foot he’s using as he’s brilliant either way. That reminded us of another Gunners fan favourite – Cazorla.
Arsenal boss Arteta: Takehiro Tomiyasu’s left and right foot are the same
Asked about Tomiyasu being so comfortable on the ball with both feet, Arteta said, as per Arsenal.com: “When we follow the player and we identify him as one of the candidates, obviously it one of the things that I came across.
“It gives you a lot of solutions.
“Not only because he can use both feet, but he can play right centre-back, left centre-back, he can play left-back so that gives you enormous variability. It’s the way they’ve been raised and coached since a really young age, that’s what he says.
“So, for him, left and right (foot) is the same.”
Ex-Arsenal players loved the same trait in Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla really was a magician on the football pitch. Some of the things he did at the top level were absolutely unbelievable, the best of which was arguably his tremendous ability with both feet.
Ex-Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi branded Cazorla’s two-footedness as ‘a joke’, and Gunners striker Eddie Nketiah said the exact same thing about the little Spaniard’s ability to take set pieces with either foot.
Joe Willock, who spent most of his life at Arsenal, claimed that Cazorla’s ambidextrousness is something he had ‘never seen before‘ in a footballer, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain branded him as ‘one of the best’ players he has ever played with for his ability.
23-year-old Takehiro Tomiyasu is definitely no Cazorla, but his ability to be comfortable with either foot definitely does remind us of the former Arsenal midfielder.
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