New Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu has revealed how Martin Odegaard helped him ahead of his club debut. The Japanese international made his first appearance for the Gunners in the 1-0 win over Norwich and was aided by some kind words from his teammate.
Speaking in Arsenal’s matchday programme, Tomiyasu explained the role Odegaard played in helping him settle in:
“Ever since I arrived, every single player has helped me a lot here, and every member of staff as well.
Before that game against Norwich I have to say I was really nervous.
So I really appreciated the help from all the players, especially Martin Odegaard.
He told me that you just have to enjoy this time, really enjoy it and that’s what I was able to do. It helped that we were able to take the three points as well!
It meant it was a good day for me, but if I think of my own performance, actually I’m not 100 per cent satisfied.
I made some mistakes, especially defensively. But I think it will get better, it was just my first game.”