Takehiro Tomiyasu's new contract: Why did the Japan full-back extend his contract with Arsenal?

The defender has featured for them regularly this season, with the Gunners going strong in different competitions.

Takehiro Tomiyasu in a file photo; Credit: Twitter@Arsenal
By Karthik Raman | Mar 22, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Arsenal supporters will be delighted to hear that their versatile defender Takehiro Tomiyasu has extended his contract. The 25-year-old has signed a long-term deal with the Gunners. His new contract is subject to the completion of regulatory processes, a club statement read. Tomiyasu, who can play in multiple positions is primarily known for his role as full-back. He has been an important part of Mikel Arteta’s setup in recent years. The defender has featured for them regularly this season, with the Gunners going strong in different competitions.

Takehiro Tomiyasu, who moved to the Emirates Stadium in August 2021 from Serie A outfit Bologna, did not take long to become a fan favourite, thanks to his hard work on the pitch. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta expressed his delight with the Japan international extending the contract with them. Arteta lavished praise on the full-back’s attitude and stated that he is someone who is loved by everyone.

“We are so pleased to have Tomi commit his future with us. Together with his natural ability and strength, Tomi’s attitude, mentality and values are first-class. Tomi is loved by everyone and has been an integral part of the squad since joining us. The way he trains, with his desire and determination to be the best version of himself every day is admirable. We look forward to continue working with Tomi in the future years,” Arteta, quoted on Arsenal.com, said.

Why did Takehiro Tomiyasu extend his contract?

Meanwhile, Tomiyasu explained his love for the club and its supporters, as he explained the reason behind extending the contract. “I am so happy to extend my contract because Arsenal is the best club in the world. It’s a dream to play for this club, so I’m happy. When I’m on the pitch I feel the love and energy from the supporters. We are connected a lot so I want to give them something back. I am playing for Arsenal, and this means I’m playing for the Arsenal supporters. That’s why I dedicate my life to this club and the supporters. I want to give them something back. The connection between players and supporters is a different level and that makes it more special,” he was mentioned as saying in the club’s website.

Having moved to the Emirates in 2021, Tomiyasu has seen a massive progress at the club. From not being involved in Europe, Arsenal are now going strong in the Champions League and are fighting for Premier League title. “I think we have improved a lot because when I joined, we were not playing in a European competition but now we are playing in the Champions League and we are in the title race. Hopefully I am better than before! I am still learning a lot of things from Mikel and my teammates. I still have the capacity to improve so I will try to be a better player and also a better person as well,” he stated.

The full-back added: “We’ve got so many great players. I’m playing as a full-back at Arsenal but when I’m playing with the national team I am playing at centre-half so I am learning from the Arsenal defenders. They’re so good, there’s a big competition between the players but it’s a good environment to be a better player so I’m happy to be here. I am not young any more! When you’re playing at Arsenal we’ve got a lot of young players and I’m getting older! I want to achieve something with my teammates and the supporters.”

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