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Report: Takehiro Tomiyasu to join Arsenal on deadline day

Well, crap.

Mexico v Japan: Bronze Medal Match: Men’s Football - Olympics: Day 14 Photo by Kaz Photography/Getty Images

If you’re like me, and I’m guessing a number of you reading this blog are, then one of the first things you thought about after processing the Emerson Royal news (after “Yay!”) was probably “But what ever happened to Takehiro Tomiyasu?”. (At least some of you did. Probably a lot of you thought “Plz can we sell Serge Aurier and Matt Doherty.” and that’s fair.)

Tottenham had been connected to Tomiyasu for almost the whole summer, and were hopeful of locking up a deal with Bologna to bring the Japan international to Spurs before the start of the Olympics. That never happened, and Spurs couldn’t come to an acceptable agreement with the Serie A side despite Tomiyasu wanting to come to Spurs.

Now it looks like Tottenham’s loss could be Arsenal’s gain. Fabrizio Romano is reporting that the Gooners have come to a full agreement for the transfer of Tomiyasu before the window closes.

This is a real bummer if you like to keep talented players away from Tottenham’s club rivals. Spurs clearly decided to cut ties with Tomiyasu and feel a €30 agreement for Emerson Royal is better than a €20m agreement for Takehiro. But it just FEELS bad, you know? It’s like when the person you had a crush on but never got up the nerve to ask out ends up dating a scumbag. It’s pretty gross and I don’t like it.

If there’s a silver lining it’s this: Arsenal have spent over £100m on Ben White, Nuno Tavares, Aaron Ramsdale, and now Tomiyasu when they can’t seem to string two passes together or score a decent goal. Maybe Tomiyasu helps Mikel Arteta shape up the back line, but I’m just not sure he’s exactly what they need.