Tomiyasu: ‘Dream come true’

New Arsenal signing Takehiro Tomiyasu is ‘buzzing’ to be at the club while playing in the Premier League is a dream come true. The Japanese international signed on deadline day and made his club debut in the 1-0 victory over Norwich last weekend.

The defender made a strong start to career in north London, almost scoring in his first game and putting in a solid performance.

Speaking to, the 22-year-old explained what it meant to make the move from Bologna to Arsenal:

“I’m buzzing to be here because Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world and to play in the Premier League was my big dream when I was young, so I’m happy to be here.

“I never imagined that I could play as a player of Arsenal, so I am excited. As I say, Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“I think I can play with both feet, I can play every position as a defender and I’m an intelligent player so I can always read the next situation.

“For me, it doesn’t matter [where I play] because the most important thing is to play in the game. If the coach told me to play striker, I’ll play striker. For me, it doesn’t matter which position I play.

“To play in the Premier League is difficult for Japanese players because the Premier League is so physical, I think I’m ready to play in the Premier League.”