Premier League Takehiro Tomiyasu signs new long-term Arsenal contract

Arsenal have managed to convince defender Takehiro Tomiyasu to sign a new long-term contract with the Premier League leaders.

A statement on the club’s official website confirmed: “Takehiro Tomiyasu has signed a new long-term contract with us,” adding: “Our Japanese international joined us in August 2021 from Serie A side Bologna and since his signing has played in all positions across the defence, making 73 Arsenal appearances in all competitions.”

Speaking on the new deal, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: “We are so pleased to have Tomi commit his future with us. Together with his natural ability and strength, Tomi’s attitude, mentality and values are first-class. Tomi is loved by everyone and has been an integral part of the squad since joining us.

“The way he trains, with his desire and determination to be the best version of himself every day is admirable. We look forward to continue working with Tomi in the future years.”

The 25-year-old defender started his career with Avispa Fukuoka in his home city, where he progressed through youth football before making 45 first-team appearances.

During the winter transfer window of 2018, Tomi moved to Europe, signing for Belgian club Sint-Truiden.His strong performances resulted in him being voted the club’s player of the season for the 2018-19 campaign. In July 2019, Tomi signed for Bologna, becoming a regular in their defence, making 63 appearances during his two seasons with the Serie A side.

He has made 20 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions this season, during which he scored his first Gunners goal in their 5-0 home Premier League win against Sheffield United in October.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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