Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu has heaped praise on manager Mikel Arteta.

Takehiro Tomiyasu believes that he is working under one of the best coaches in the game at Arsenal in Mikel Arteta.

The Japanese defender has aired his views on the Spanish coach’s qualities. Speaking to Goal in Japan, he said, “Arteta is a director who has everything. Not just a tactical coach, not just a motivator. I feel that the director has everything. There is no doubt that he is one of the top coaches in the world in terms of tactics, and in addition to that, he is also the top manager in terms of player management and how to prepare for the game, including the mental aspects of the players.”

Arteta has certainly had a big impact at the Emirates Stadium since his appointment in late 2019. The Arsenal job is his first in management, and he has had plenty of challenges to contend with, from the Covid-19 pandemic to offloading high-earning stars such as Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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After some tough times, when he came under significant pressure from the media and sections of the fanbase, he has now got Arsenal on the up. The north London club are back in the Champions League and are eyeing up another push for the Premier League title this season.

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Tomiyasu set to play an important role

If he can maintain his fitness, Tomiyasu will play a key role for the Gunners in this campaign as well. Whilst he isn’t a regular starter, the 24-year-old’s versatility makes him a very useful option for Arteta to have at his disposal. The 32-cap Japan international has been deployed as a right-back, a centre-back, and a left-back for Arsenal since his £19.8 million arrival from Bologna in 2021.

Tomiyasu is the perfect kind of squad player for Arsenal to have. He is the consummate professional, a reliable defender, and always gives his all. The Gunners will have a lot of games this season, and the former Serie A man will certainly get his chances to shine.

He will also continue to develop and hone his game under Arteta, who deserves credit for bringing Tomiyasu to the club, and for keeping the player happy even when he has been behind the likes of Ben White and Oleksandr Zinchenko in the pecking order.

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