Arsenal’s hectic summer transfer window has now come to a close.
football.london first revealed back in May that the Gunners were hoping to bring in at least five players this summer, with a goalkeeper, two fullbacks, a centre-midfielder and a creative midfielder at the top of the list for technical director Edu.
Fast forward four months and that is exactly what the Brazilian did, adding shot-stopper Aaron Ramsdale, left-back Nuno Tavares, right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu as well as midfielders Albert Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard, with centre-half Ben White also signed to replace William Saliba, who was sent out on loan to Ligue 1 side Marseille back in July.
The aforementioned Tomiyasu signed on deadline day for a reported £17million, joining from Serie A side Bologna on a long-term contract.
The Japanese international was handed the infamous No.18 shirt for the upcoming season, a jersey that has been donned by a plethora of unsuccessful signings during Arsene Wenger’s time as head coach.
Three French defenders come to mind when mentioning the Arsenal No.18, with Pascal Cygan, Mikael Silvestre and Sebastien Squillaci. All three were centre-backs who were notorious for their ability to cost the Gunners a goal in crucial moments.
Cygan was one of the few weak links in Arsenal’s invincible squad that won the Premier League in the 2003/03 season whilst both Silvestre and Squillaci were drafted in a few years later when the north Londoners’ defence began leaking goals regularly, although, neither of which did much to stop this.
Tomiyasu will hope he will avoid a similar fate under Mikel Arteta‘s tutelage and can enjoy similar success to Spanish fullback Nacho Monreal, who donned the number 18 shirt for six seasons before departing in the summer of 2020.
Similarly, Ghanian maestro Thomas Partey wore the jersey last term before switching to the No.5 earlier this summer.