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​Arsenal chose pursuit of Tomiyasu over Brighton fullback Lamptey

Arsenal decided to secure Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna on deadline day, rather than going for Brighton star Tariq Lamptey.

The Gunners secured the 22-year-old for £22 million to round off their summer transfer work.

According to The Athletic, the Japanese international can play right back and centre-back in a back four, along with right centre-back in a back three.

Such versatility is appealing to manager Mikel Arteta, who believes having a defender who can work in various positions and formations will be invaluable during the season.

The source also claims that Lamptey's height and aerial weakness was a worry for Arsenal, who do not have the tallest team at present.


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