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Report: Arsenal ace Tomiyasu dreamt of being swimmer

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.

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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.

The Japanese ace is known for his strength in the air, winning 2.9 headers per game, more than any Arsenal player.

If he was to get bullied, then maybe Arsenal’s weaknesses lie in a purely mental state.

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