Arsenal closing in on Japanese star to replace Hector Bellerin

Now that the departure of Hector Bellerin has finally been confirmed this morning, and the news that Ainsley Maitland-Niles is desperate to leave, one must assume that the Gunners are now in the hunt to grab another right-back before tonight’s deadline.

We have been linked with many possible right-backs like Max Aarons and Kieran Trippier, but according to David Ornstein, we are going to go for the Bologna right back Takehiro Tomiyasu, who has the added advantage of being able to play as centre-back as well.

Six weeks ago, The Athletic reported that Tottenham were on the verge of signing Tomiyasu in a £15million deal, but it is looking like Spurs have decided to go with Emerson Royal instead, but that is a good indication of the price Arsenal can expect to pay.

At 22 years of age, Tomiyasu also perfectly fits the age profile that Arteta has decided on for his rebuilding plan for the Gunners.

He is 6ft 2in tall, which will be handy for defending set-pieces, and is obviously very highly thought of. He has played for his country at every level from schoolboy upwards and has already made 23 appearances for the Japan senior team despite his tender years.

He could be a real bargain if he can adapt quickly to the Premier League…

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  1. He’s no Emerson Royal but he’s decent from what I’ve seen. Very much ambidextrous and can play LCB/RCB too.

  2. Having watched him several times last season,i think his an upgrade on what we have in that department

  3. Certainly fits the profile.
    Will attract good Japanese finance as well.
    They kept that quiet 🙂
    Canny signing.
    Edu showing his class here

  4. It’s a done deal confirmed by Fabrizio Roman €20m plus €3m in add ons, medical this afternoon and official announcement follows. Let’s welcome him but still don’t forget Arteta out!😉 oh ofc and Edu too😂

  5. Can’t say I’m a regular watcher of Bologna, so is this guy any good or is he [dare I say] a panic buy??

    1. Please let him be good. We need a really positive signing… well I do! I just couldn’t handle another Kim Kallstrom.

    2. Of a truth I wished we signed him among all the RB we were linked to. He’s aggressive and press well. He will add something strong to our back 4. I’m happy with this one. Call me deluded but I still think we are going to have a good season.

  6. I wonder if this adds Chambers to the transfer list. Similar profiles.

    Unfortunately after Saturday’s performance, Chambers value may be at an all time low.

  7. I still want Arteta and Edu gone. We need to hire good, competent ppl for the so called project u talking about. As Vinai don’t even know what he does as Ceo.

  8. Despite his going public that borne out of the lack of regular playing time frustration that he’s going through at Arsenal. But in fairness, it’ll be fair if the reports suggesting that AMN has been sent to the club’s U23 team to train as a disciplinary measure taken against him for his going public on social media to voice a protest against the Arsenal manager and the club’s technical director for their refusal to sanction a transfer move for him to Everton is rescinded..

    Actually, what AMN has done is unacceptable at the club. Fot, it is not allowed for any Gunners for whatever reason he may has to go public on the social media platform to make a protest over his disgruntlement with the club. And I believe AMN knows this. More so, as he has seen what has befallen William Saliba for his going public against Arteta and Edu decision to delay his playing for the club which was done in his own interest.

    Nevertheless, I think AMN should apologise to his manager and club TD through the same public medium that he used to make his feelings against their decision to hinder his exit from AFC this summer known. And I believe after he has done this, Arteta and Edu will reinstate him to the club’s senior team training schedule.

  9. Takehiro is better than white defensively In both defensive positions on the right. Should have gotten bisouma n buendia and allow saliba play alongside Gabriel.
    Arsenal could look this solid:
    Leno/ ramsdale
    Partey……. bisouma
    Saka ……auba/pepe…..smith Rowe
    I have this feeling that pepe would do well in false nine position.

  10. He’s probably a great player but Arteta will still make him look average.

    I stopped trusting his man management.

  11. A smart move by Arteta and Edu. Takehiro Tomiyasu can play both RB and as central defender. Reports from Italy are telling, that Takehiro Tomiyasu is a highly rated defender and only 22 of age.

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