Edu and Mikel Arteta proven right as Arsenal’s Champions League vision becomes clear


Following a tragic start to the 2021/2022 season, with zero points on the board after the opening three league fixtures, Arsenal have demonstrated impressive levels of consistency and are currently sitting in fourth place going into the Christmas break.

The success story for Arsenal so far this season has been down to the recruitment.

Initially, both technical director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta received plenty of criticism for the types of signings made over the summer.

But so far it’s fair to say that each summer acquisition has slotted comfortably into the first team and has delivered a desirable impact.

In terms of who has been Arsenal’s signing of the season, immediately goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale springs to mind and rightly so as the former Sheffield United stopper has barely put a foot wrong.

But arguably the unsung hero and someone who hasn’t received enough credit for the performances he has delivered is right back Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Signed for a fee believed to be in the region of £17 million, Tomiyasu is the perfect example of Arsenal recruiting to a specific profile. and bringing someone in who is perfect for the system.

In the current Arsenal team, it’s imperative that the right-back is capable of facilitating ball progression during the first phase and offers defensive solidity out of possession.

Given the fact that Tomiyasu flourished in a stylistically similar role for previous club Bologna, excelling in aspects previously listed, it’s not a massive surprise to see him succeed in an Arsenal shirt so far.



Takehiro Tomiyasu has impressed for Arsenal this season (Sky Sports)
Takehiro Tomiyasu has impressed for Arsenal this season (Photo credit: Sky Sports)

The Japanese international’s encouraging performances are backed up by numerical data that has been released recently, as shown above (stats taken from Sky Sports).

When compared to his teammates, Tomiyasu ranks highest in touches, total tackles, aerial duels and ground duels won.

Arteta will hope that the 23-year-old can continue his fine form going into the busy festive period which continues this Sunday, away at Norwich City.





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