Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that Takehiro Tomiyasu’s versatility was a big influence in bringing him to the Emirates in this summer’s transfer window.
The Japanese international joined the Gunners from Bologna on deadline day for £ 16m.
His transfer to north London was made possible after Hector Bellerin left to join Real Betis on loan.
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Right-back was a position Arteta was desperate to improve on in the summer, with Calum Chambers, Cedric Soares and Bellerin not quite cutting mustard.
Tomiyasu made his debut last weekend against Norwich City; help his team pick up their first Premier League win of the season.
He put a solid display against the Canaries to give Arsenal fans a good first impression.
Speaking about the 22-year-old, Arteta stressed that Tomiyasu’s versatility was part of the season, which is why the club chose the then Bologna man.
He said: “Yes, that’s one of the reasons we were so eager to have Tomi on our team.
“He can also play left-back, so he’s very comfortable playing across the back four.
“He can play in a back three and not just his actual skills or his versatility, but the type of personality and character he has that makes us really excited about the signing we just made.”
Arsenal make the difficult trip to Burnley on Saturday afternoon as they look set to build on their win over Norwich.
Elsewhere, Gunners striker Alexandre Lacazette could leave the club in January Serie A outfits Juventus and AC Milan line up for a move.
Lacazette has yet to start a game for Arsenal this season and it is growing speculation that has been swirling around the striker for some time now.
La Liga champions Atletico Madrid have also been interested in the Frenchman for a number of years.
His deal is in effect next summer and without moving on a new deal, he will be free to talk to potential suitors in the winter window ahead of a summer move.
Transfer market claims that the Italian clubs will go head to head to sign the Frenchman and can pay a minimal fee in January to land him before he becomes a free agent.