Takehiro Tomiyasu says joining the Gunners was not a difficult choice.
Japan internationalTakehiro Tomiyasu
left Bologna in summer to join the Premier League giantsArsenal
on a £16 million deal.
In an interview with Arsenal'sofficial matchday programme
, the 22-year-old expressed his delight on playing for ‘one of the biggest clubs in the world’, and explaining why joining the Gunners was not a difficult choice.
"For me Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world, so there is no reason at all to say no to them. It’s as simple as that – when I had the offer, I just wanted to be part of Arsenal.
"I wanted to play at a higher level, so I am so grateful to be given this chance by Arsenal. I just could not believe it when I found out.
"I was very excited as soon as I knew. I didn’t need to call anyone or speak to anyone for advice. It was an easy choice for me, because, well because it’s Arsenal.
"I didn’t even have time to speak to the manager before signing the contract, and I didn’t need to. I wanted to come."
"Ever since I arrived, every single player has helped me a lot here, and every member of staff as well.
"Before that game against Norwich I have to say I was really nervous. So I really appreciated the help from all the players, especially Martin Odegaard.
"He told me that you just have to enjoy this time, really enjoy it and that’s what I was able to do. It helped that we were able to take the three points as well!
"It meant it was a good day for me, but if I think of my own performance, actually I’m not 100 per cent satisfied. I made some mistakes, especially defensively. But I think it will get better, it was just my first game."
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