Tomiyasu: ‘Odegaard helped me’

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.”