Arsenal’s deadline day signing Takehiro Tomiyasu has thanked Japan boss Hajime Moriyasu for his key role in his move to the Emirates Stadium.
The Japanese international completed a deadline day switch from Bologna earlier this week. It is understood the Gunners have paid in the region of £20m for the versatile defender and he penned a reported four-year contract in north London.
As a result, Tomiyasu became Arsenal’s seventh signing of the summer following the prior arrivals of Aaron Ramsdale, Martin Odegaard, Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ben White.
However, his move might not have come about, with Arsenal having agreed a fee on deadline day whilst Tomiyasu was away on international duty with his native Japan.
Luckily, the nation’s head coach Hajimi Moriyasu agreed to let the 22-year-old defender leave camp for talks with the Gunners, a decision that the former Bologna man was extremely thankful for.
Talking to Japanese outlet Chunichi, Tomiyasu said: “I wouldn’t be able to transfer without it [permission]. I have to thank him [Moriyasu].”
Japan certainly missed the presence of the defender as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Oman in a 2024 World Cup qualifier.
He will hope to have an instant impact upon his return to the international set-up as Japan tackle China on Tuesday in Doha.
So far, Tomiyasu has made 23 appearances for his nation but has not received a cap since a 14-0 victory against Mongolia in March this year due to injury.
Meanwhile, he could be in line for his Arsenal debut next weekend as Mikel Arteta’s men aim to get their season up and running against relegation zone dwellers Norwich City.