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Arteta: ‘Tomiyasu has really good experience’

Mikel Arteta is happy with Arsenal’s transfer business this summer and believes defender Takehiro Tomiyasu ‘has some really good experience.’ The Gunners boss was speaking after his side beat Brentford 4-0 in a friendly match played behind closed doors earlier today.

Speaking to the clubs official website after the win, Arteta started by addressing Arsenal’s summer transfer window:

“It was a really complicated market. We had a lot of things to do, I think we had 16 or 17 transactions in total, which is a lot. The club has made a big effort, we had support from the owners to try to do it and we had to recruit in the terms that we could, and I am very pleased.

“Yes [they have], different experiences, some had experience in the league, so abroad, and some have been coached in other ways, but they are players we have followed for a long time that we knew could fit in the model we are trying to implement at the club.

“So we are pleased. Again, it is 16/17 changes to the squad – it is a lot.

“You have to blend them all together, some of them haven’t even trained with us yet because they have still to come in the next week or so.

“As quick as possible. We have a good group, they will help them to adapt as quick as possible and get them to work with us and see when we can integrate all together.

“Tomiyasu? Again, we followed him for a while, We needed a full back who could be very versatile, can play as a centre back, can play in a back three, Tomi has this capacity.

The Spanish boss added: “He is 22 years old but he has some really good experience in Serie A and at international level and with the qualities we are looking for.”