£30m transfer back out vindicated as the player Arsenal could have signed instead of Tomiyasu continues to under perform

The fact that Takehiro Tomiyasu made his Arsenal debut against Norwich indicated that Edu made the right option in signing him over Max Aarons.
Arsenal defeated Norwich 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon, pitting the two right-backs against each other.

Tomiyasu outperformed Aarons in more ways than one, as the Japanese had a significant impact on the game during his time on the pitch, while Aarons remained on the periphery of Norwich’s gameplan.

The 22-year-old won 7 of the 8 aerial duels he attempted and appeared to be in good defensive shape. In this game, he won 88 percent of his aerial duels, whereas Max Aarons has only won 14 percent of his Premier League games this season.

Despite the fact that the Englishman possesses a faster pace than Tomiyasu, he lacks the Japanese defender’s defensive boldness and physically combative manner.

It’s a presence that an Arsenal defense needed, as the Gunners had conceded three goals in nine games prior to Tomiaysu’s arrival, but on his debut, the club kept their first clean sheet in a Premier League game this season.

While Aarons may have a bigger ceiling than Tomiyasu, it was evident on Saturday evening that the Japanese international has the more experience and defensive nous that the Gunners’ defense has sorely needed.

Aarons, who has received interest from Arsenal’s local rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich, came up against Bukayo Saka in a tightly contested match, but the English right-back often appeared uneasy while defending one-on-one.

Aarons had a similar opportunity in the second half, with the execution appearing to be easier, but he fluffed his lines at a key time for the Canaries.

With Arsenal looking to upgrade their defense as soon as possible, the match against Norwich proved that Edu made the right option in signing Tomiyasu rather than Max Aarons.