Arsenal report: “Outstanding” £20m Takehiro Tomiyasu replacement to join

Arsenal are bringing in another right-back this summer to compete for a place in Mikel Arteta’s first XI.

The Gunners accelerated plans to sign a player in that role towards the end of last year’s summer transfer window. Arteta was thought to be happy to keep the players he had, until the team’s horrific 5-0 loss to Manchester City.

Following the thrashing, the North Londoners signed Japanese international Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna. The 23-year-old has impressed enormously since he joined, displaying two feet, defensive discipline and a physicality that Arsenal have needed in their backline; however, he could be replaced.

Takehiro Tomiyasu

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Tomiyasu has barely played since Christmas after suffering a thigh injury. The Japanese was quick to come back against Liverpool in the League Cup, where he performed poorly and has not been seen since.

With Arsenal using former Southampton defender Cedric Soares in that role now, the downgrade has been clear to some, and Arteta is going to change that this summer, according to Sunby bringing in Norwich City defender Max Aarons.

Max Aarons, Norwich

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Described as “outstanding” by former boss Daniel Farke, the 22-year-old is believed to have a great career ahead of him, despite an impending relegation from the Premier League. The fullback has been a key member of two promotions and many fans think he will thrive in a possession-based team in the Premier League.

Aarons is valued at around £20m for Transfermarkt.

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