As transfer deadline day came to a close, Arsenal’s business was largely derided by those watching on.
The Gunners had moved late to complete a deal for Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna for £18 million, while local rivals Tottenham had supposedly beaten them to the signing of Emerson Royal for £8 million more.
Many had been touting the Brazilian as a solution to Mikel Arteta’s right back problems all summer, while the Japanese international faced questions as to whether he even played in the position.
“Tomiyasu was offered to most clubs in the Premier League,” said Kaveh Solhekol on Sky Sports, reading out a message he had received from an agent about the deal.
“He’s a good player, but the problem is he’s not really a right back nor is he a central defender. I’m not sure how he will get on at Arsenal.”
With another tremendous performance during Sunday’s North London Derby it’s safe to say Tomiyasu is proving his doubters wrong.
In many ways the Tomiyasu vs Emerson debate was settled before a ball had even been kicked at the Emirates, with the former Barcelona defender’s spot taken by the returning Japhet Tanganga, while the Japanese international had been rested for a midweek Carabao Cup tie against AFC Wimbledon as a sign of how important he’s quickly become.
Ultimately though the battle between the two boils down to what you want from a full back.
In many ways Royal is essentially a right sided Kieran Tierney. The 22-year-old’s primary focus is on the attack and he is at his best when operating in the final third.
Many Arsenal fans wanted this. Mikel Arteta however, did not.