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Tony Adams raves about Arsenal star Takehiro Tomiyasu

Arsenal legend Tony Adams told Sky Sports of his admiration for Takehiro Tomiyasu after the Gunners thrashed Tottenham on Sunday.

A devastating first-half display saw Arsenal lead 3-0 at the interval. Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka netting for the Gunners.

Son Heung-min added a consolation but Arsenal weren’t to be denied a third straight victory.

Adams was a commanding defender himself during his playing days. Despite some superb attacking football, he had praise for Tomiyasu after the victory.

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He told Sky Sports: “I loved Tomiyasu, I thought his positioning today was excellent. They were exceptional all over the pitch. I liked the shape today and they won every single header.”

Tomiyasu signed for Arsenal during the summer transfer window. He cost the Gunners £15 million and checked in from Bologna.

Since arriving he has slotted in at right-back superbly well, although he can operate as a central defender.

He is particularly brilliant in the air and Arsenal clearly signed him to be something of a menace at winning aerial challenges.

Despite being only 22, Tomiyasu has plenty of experience. He made 64 appearances for the Serie A side and also played 41 times for Sint Trudiense.

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Things could have been very different. Fabio Paratici was desperate to take the Japan international to Tottenham in the summer but allowed Arsenal to steal in.

Since checking in at the Emirates Stadium, he has been nothing short of brilliant.

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He has featured in three matches and looked confident, reliable and desperately determined in all three outings.

Tomiyasu could go down as one of the best signings the Gunners have made in recent seasons and Adams is right to praise him.

Arteta and Edu haven’t always got it right in the transfer market. With Tomiyasu, however, they look to have hit the jackpot.

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