Arteta launches staunch defence of Arsenal's transfer policy
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Arsenal have received a welcome boost after the club’s sixth summer signing Takehiro Tomiyasu was reportedly granted his work permit following a successful application, clearing him to make his debut against Norwich in the Premier League this weekend. The Japanese international is now in England and training with his new team-mates following his deadline day transfer from Bologna for an initial £17million plus around £2.5m in add-ons.
Speaking on Thursday, Arteta revealed the club were already working around the clock to secure a work permit for their new centre-back, who played in Japan’s 1-0 win over China on Tuesday before heading to the UK.
“We need a work permit first. The club is trying hard to achieve that in the next couple of hours,” Arteta said.
“He’s back in the country now. I will meet him for the first time today probably and train with him, see how he is, get a feel for it.
“He’s been playing so he should be completely fit. We’ve been impressed and that’s the reason we decided to sign him.”
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Now there is good news for Arsenal with football.london now reporting that Tomiyasu’s work permit has been approved.
The development means Arteta has now received the green light to pick Tomiyasu, providing he feels the 22-year-old is ready to make his mark in his new colours.
Tomiyasu’s entourage held extensive talks with north London rivals Tottenham during the transfer window but his potential move to Spurs stalled before the Olympics.
The versatile defender then headed to Tokyo to represent his homeland at the Games before defeat in the semi-finals to Spain.
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From the player’s side, there was optimism that a deal would be re-explored after the Olympics but talks were never reignited, leaving the door open for Arsenal to strike.
Yet while the signing may have been rushed on deadline day with a medical taking place in Italy, Arteta has made it clear the club have been tracking Tomiyasu for a significant period of time.
“We followed him for a while. We needed a full back who could be very versatile, can play as a centre-back, can play in a back three, Tomi has this capacity,” Arteta said.
“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.”
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Tomiyasu’s primary position is centre-back but he has been known to provide cover at right-back.
It’s been reported that he was offered to a host of Premier League clubs this summer through intermediaries before the Gunners pounced to wrap up a late deal.
There is a chance Arteta could switch to a back-three in the coming weeks having re-trailed the formation in a behind-closed-doors friendly win over Brentford.
Ben White was excellent in a back-three for Brighton last season and both he and Gabriel Magalhaes are sad to have impressed in the new system against the Bees at London Colney.
Arteta has already had great success with a 3-4-3 system at the Emirates Stadium when Arsenal won the FA Cup during his first season at the helm.
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