Mikel Arteta has revealed that Arsenal are hoping to secure a work permit for new signing Takehiro Tomiyasu this afternoon meaning the player could play a part in Saturday’s game against Norwich.
The 22-year-old Japan international landed in London yesterday after featuring in his country’s 1-0 win over China in Doha and will meet his new teammates for the first time on Thursday afternoon.
The boss is hoping the defender, who has spent the last two years in Bologna, will integrate quickly.
“We need the work permit first,” revealed Arteta in his pre-Norwich press conference. “The club is trying hard to achieve that in the next couple of hours.
“He’s back in the country now and I will meet him for the first time today probably and train with him, see how he is, let him get a feel for it. He’s been playing so he should be free. We’ve been impressed that’s the reason why we decided to sign him.”
While Tomiyasu nominally replaces right-back Hector Bellerin following the Spaniard’s move to Real Betis, the manager has already hinted that the new boy’s versatility could see him deployed elsewhere in the backline.
“Tomi has the capacity to play in any position in the back four,” said Arteta. “He’s done it all across the back four and a back three as well.
“He gives us versatility and different qualities in that right-back position. He’s a player that we followed for a long time and brings qualities that we didn’t have in the squad.”