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Report: Arsenal pulled out of move for Royal after coaching staff concerns

Arsenal could have signed Emerson Royal instead of Takehiro Tomiyasu on deadline day.

What’s the story?

According to The Athletic, the Gunners explored a possible swap deal with Barcelona between Hector Bellerin and one of Sergino Dest or Royal

A deal for the Brazilian was the most advanced of the two with the coaching staff impressed by the player’s build. It was thought his physicality would suit the Premier League

However, there were concerns the player’s profile would not match Mikel Arteta’s system.

As a result, the side abandoned a move for the £25.7m player and pursued Tomiyasu.

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The Japan international suits what Arteta and the club were looking for in a right-back.

Not a gung-ho fullback like Kieran Tierney, but, someone who could slot into a back-three when the team are in possession.

Use of the ball make Tomiyasu a more attractive signing for Arsenal than Royal

Using the ball has been part of the issue during the tenure of Arteta.

You would need more than two hands to count the number of mistakes made by players whilst passing the ball in defence.

Just last season, Bernd Leno was involved in two such incidents, one versus Rapid Vienna in the Europa League and one against Burnley.

It made this summer’s signings very important. And you can tell by the additions that was what Arteta thought.

Nuno Tavares, Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Aaron Ramsdale and Tomiyasu are all comfortable on the ball.

All of them excelled for their clubs in possession.

Just comparing Tomiyasu and Royal, you can tell Arsenal made the smarter acquisition in signing the six-foot-two ace.

His comfort on the ball will certainly help shore up the passing at the back. Meanwhile, the ace’s ability to play centre-half means he can play a range of different formations, both on and off the ball.

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