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Arsenal boss Arteta hails early Tomiyasu impact: He's gained everybody's appreciation

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is delighted with the early impressions of Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Having signed from Bologna for around £17 million on transfer deadline day, the Japan defender has started both Premier League matches he has been available, helping the Gunners to two 1-0 wins.

"First, more than the performances, it's the way he's settled, the way he's gained everybody's appreciation, the way he is," the Arsenal boss said during his pre-match press conference.

"And then, yeah, he had no time to prepare against Norwich and then a proper Premier League traditional game at Burnley where I think he was exceptional.

"He had to go through some difficult moments because they really test you but I think he did that with pride and who he is, always fully committed and focused."

The game Arteta was speaking ahead of will be Tomiyasu's first North London derby.

"We followed him for a while," said Arteta after making Tomiyasu is sixth and final summer signing.

"We needed a full back who could be very versatile, can play as a centre back, can play in a back three and Tomi has this capacity.

"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."

The Spaniard then waxed lyrical about his newest addition ahead of the trip to Burnley.

"He's fully committed, he goes for every ball, he's reassuring, he's got a presence and he's a very honest player," Arteta stated. "You could see the reaction and the connection he had straightaway with the fans. It was very pleasing because it was so quick."


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