Takehiro Tomiyasu reveals rejecting Tottenham Hotspur for Arsenal on summer deadline day
Speaking to DAZN (h/t The Express), Takehiro Tomiyasu has revealed that he rejected Tottenham Hotspur for bitter rivals Arsenal on summer deadline day. He is mainly a centre-back but plays as a right-back at Emirates Stadium.
The 22-year-old was bought from Bologna for a fee of £17million and has been an instant hit under Mikel Arteta. He has not played a foot wrong even when played out of position and is already becoming a favourite with the Gunners.
Tomiyasu has revealed that he was close to joining Spurs in the summer but chose otherwise. He added that the reason for his rejection was a proposal from Arteta’s side, which he eventually ended up accepting.
“I thought I wasn’t able to join Arsenal. I thought I was going to Spurs. On Deadline Day, I rejected them. Arsenal asked me to join them and I did immediately.”
His transfer was kickstarted by the loan deal which saw Hector Bellerin move to Real Betis. The Gunners were quick to send their representatives to get the signature of the Japan international.
The move was completed right on the deadline as there was a race against time to complete the transfer. He has helped his side to four clean sheets from the seven Premier League games he has played in, an excellent return for Arteta’s side.
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The defender’s words would have rubbed off some Tottenham fans for the worse, whereas it would delight the Arsenal supporters. This would add to the long list of things that already creates a rift between the two North London clubs.