Mikel Arteta moves closer to dream Arsenal line up as controversial transfer decision pays off

Arsenal’s business in the transfer market has come under plenty of scrutiny this summer.

The Gunners spent more than any other team in Europe as they look to build for the future which has attracted criticism from some pundits who believe that such an outlay should have them challenging in the here and now.

This combined with the lack of permanent outgoings and a poor start to the Premier League season left many underwhelmed by the time the window closed on August 31st.

There were plenty of decent performances during the 1-0 win over Norwich, but that of new signing Takehiro Tomiyasu was particularly promising.

As the Japanese international trudged around the edge of the pitch to warm applause from the Emirates faithful following his 60th minute substitution, statistics began flying around social media proving exactly that.

After the match Mikel Arteta echoed the sentiments of those watching by praising the 22-year-old’s display.

“Really positive,” he said. “Just the first impression when you met him, it was just joy and happiness and good energy.

“The moment he steps on the pitch he was really focused, determined, he understands the role really good.”

The understanding of the role referenced there is something Arteta has been struggling to find since he took over at Arsenal in 2019.