Arsenal summer signing Takehiro Tomiyasu dreamt of being a swimmer before turning to football.
What’s the story?
According to The Athletic, the Japan international dreamt of being a swimmer when he was younger.
However, an accident on his grandmother’s treadmill caused him to injure his jaw. He required stitches and was forced out of the pool for a while, during which time he decided to take up football.
And what a career choice it turned out to be for the former Bologna man.
He completed a deadline day move to the Gunners for £16m on a four-year contract. Tomiyasu replaced Hector Bellerin, who joined Real Betis on a season-long loan deal.
Tomiyasu height good enough for him to be a Premier League defender amid swimmer claims
At six-foot-two, you would say Tomiyasu has been blessed with a height good enough to be both, a Premier League defender for Arsenal and a swimmer.
The Gunners could do with some height in their backline after years of struggling with physical battles. Graeme Souness once lashed out sensationally after a defeat to Manchester United back in 2016, labelled the side ‘weak’.
The feeling across the top-flight in years gone by is that the Gunners have been too easy to bully. And that was very evident a few weeks ago as Romelu Lukaku bullied the Gunners backline during Chelsea’s 2-0 win.
Well, with Tomiyasu in the side, that should be a thing of the past, at right-back atleast.
If he was to get bullied, then maybe Arsenal’s weaknesses lie in a purely mental state.