Mikel Arteta has thanked the club for backing him in the transfer market this summer, after Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu became the sixth signing of the window on transfer deadline day.
The 22 year old joins Ben White, Nuno Tavares, Aaron Ramsdale, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard as part of a youthful rebuild which has set the Gunners back close to £150m.
Speaking after a 4-0 behind-closed-doors win over Brentford at London Colney, the manager spoke about the latest signing and how pleased he was to have addressed the issue we have at right back.
“We followed him for a while,” said Arteta.
“We needed a full back who could be very versatile, can play as a centre back, can play in a back three, Tomi has this capacity.
“He is 22 years old but he has some really good experience in Serie A and at international level and with the qualities we are looking for.”
It was certainly a busy period, with incoming and outgoing deals, and the manager continued, “It was a really complicated market. We had a lot of things to do, I think we had 16 or 17 transactions in total, which is a lot.
“The club has made a big effort, we had support from the owners to try to do it and we had to recruit in the terms that we could, and I am very pleased.
“Again, it is 16/17 changes to the squad – it is a lot. You have to blend them all together, some of them haven’t even trained with us yet because they have still to come in the next week or so, as quick as possible.
“We have a good group, they will help them to adapt as quick as possible and get them to work with us and see when we can integrate all together.”
Let’s hope it’s a fresh looking side that can get us off the mark against Norwich next weekend, and take all three points.