Takehiro Tomiyasu’s Arsenal shirt number confirmed as Mikel Arteta and Edu explain £19m transfer – Football.London

Takehiro Tomiyasu’s move to Arsenal has been completed.

The 22-year-old Japan international becomes the Gunners’ sixth and final signing of what has been a busy summer transfer window, taking their spending over the £150million mark with his £19.75m deal.

Tomiyasu‘s transfer from Serie A side Bologna was announced around 15 minutes before the deadline and the shirt number he will wear for Arsenal has also been confirmed.

He has taken the No.18 – vacated by Thomas Partey earlier in the summer – and previously worn by the likes of Pascal Cygan, Sebastien Squillaci and Mikael Silvestre, presumably, because his seemingly preferred No.14 shirt is already in use by Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Tomiyasu could make his Arsenal debut after the international break when Norwich City are the visitors to the Emirates Stadium a week on Saturday.

Speaking about the deal, Gunners technical director Edu has revealed that the club have been scouting the defender for some time now, hence his happiness at securing his signature.

“We’re delighted to have signed Takehiro,” he said. “We’ve been watching him for a while now and we’re pleased that we have reached an agreement with Bologna.

“He is an important addition to our squad.”

Meanwhile, manager Mikel Arteta outlined exactly why he targeted Tomiyasu to complete Arsenal’s summer business.

“Takehiro is a strong defender with good experience in Serie A and at international level,” the Spaniard added. “He’s a versatile defender with great defensive qualities, high technical ability and composure on the ball.

“He will be an important member of our squad. We look forward to Takehiro joining up with us when he returns from international duty.”

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