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Data behind Tomiyasu performance in Burnley win proves Arsenal transfer policy is working

Data behind Tomiyasu performance in Burnley win proves Arsenal transfer policy is working

Tomiyasu in dominant performance against Burnley

New signing Takehiro Tomiyasu is one of the early heroes for Arsenal this season, after completing his move from Bologna on transfer deadline day.

But to many Gunners, the 22-year-old Japanese international was, previously, very much an unknown quantity. Because his name did not begin with Max and end with Aarons, countless had written off the Fukuoka-native before he had even kicked a ball in defense at the Emirates.

However, early doors in the 2021-22 Premier League campaign, and the former Rossoblù stalwart has put to bed any concerns on whether he was ready to make the jump from Emilia-Romagna to north London.

The Japanese defender had already received praise this season after an impressive full debut in Arsenal’s 1-0 win against Norwich last weekend, and much of the same – if not better – was seen from him at Turf Moor as the Gunners kept a second consecutive clean sheet in the league.

Though not a “modern” full-back in the mold of the aforementioned Aarons or a player the likes of Tariq Lamptey, Tomiyasu offers defensive guarantees that Arsenal did not have when Héctor Bellerín, Calum Chambers, or Cédric Soares were deployed in a similar role.

Additionally, the way in which the versatile defender has taken to life at the club and its supporters has already had a big impact with boss Mikel Arteta, who made mention of his impression in his pre-Burnley comments;

“We didn’t even have time to introduce him but that shows me how intelligent the fans are. They picked him up straight away. It probably helps that he had a smile on his face, he looks clean, he looks honest, he looks transparent. Then, when he’s on the pitch, he looks fully committed, he doesn’t doubt, he goes for every ball, he’s reassuring, he’s got a presence and he’s a very honest player. You could see the reaction and the connection that he had straight away with the fans and that’s very pleasing because it was so quick.”

Early offerings proof that club transfer policy is working

It is no secret that Arsenal are a club in flux under the Arteta-Gaspar regime. Concerns that the Emirates occupants are still unable to challenge for the top-four or push their biggest domestic rivals across all 38-matches of the domestic calendar are well founded given the stature the club holds within English borders.

Data behind Tomiyasu performance in Burnley win proves Arsenal transfer policy is working

OSAKA, JAPAN – JULY 12: Takehiro Tomiyasu of Japan is seen during the U-24 international friendly match between Japan and Honduras at the Yodoko Sakura Stadium on July 12, 2021 in Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)

But in the immediate aftermath of a summer where the club invested ~£140 million in the transfer market, on a squad refreshment remit that saw all incoming signings feature in a similar age profile (no one over 23-years-old), the likes of Tomiyasu as well as Aaron Ramsdale, Sambi Lokonga, and Martin Ødegaard are already making a considerable impact despite the slow start to the campaign to no fault of their own.

The improvement shown in the direction the club opted to take in the market proves that the scouting and analytical departments are doing their job in bringing in the right players, not necessarily ‘stars’ with a certain name or a level of gravitas attached to them. Though many wanted bigger, or “better”, results are beginning to show that Arsenal is navigating tricky waters in a much-improved manner.


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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1 Chelsea FC 7 12 16
2 Liverpool FC 7 11 15
3 Manchester City 7 11 14
4 Manchester United 7 8 14
5 Everton FC 7 5 14
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 7 3 14
7 Brentford FC 7 4 12
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12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 -1 9
13 Leicester City 7 -3 8
14 Crystal Palace 7 -3 7
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16 Leeds United 7 -7 6
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Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
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Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
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