PREMIER LEAGUE: ARSENAL DEFENSIVE SOLIDITY CONTINUES

North London giants Arsenal have turned the corner defensively in the Premier League since they conceded nine goals in their first three games and Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu is a big part of the newfound defensive solidity at the club.

Eyebrows were raised when Arsenal signed Japan national team utility defender Tomiyasu from Italian Serie A side Bologna, but he has been able to provehis doubters wrong with several assured displays in the Gunners defence. The Japan player has started all the seven Premier League matches since his arrival from Bologna on the final day of this summer’s transfer window. Tomiyasu is part of the Arsenal defence with four clean sheets in the last seven games. The Gunners have conceded just four goals in the seven league games with the clean sheet recorded in the away game against the Foxes at the weekend. Also, Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three games away from home in the Premier League.

TOMIYASU NAMED BEST ARSENAL PLAYER

Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu has been rewarded for the fantastic start to his Arsenal career after he was voted as the Player of the Month for September. Tomiyasu was voted as the best player for last month by the Arsenal fans as announced by the club earlier this week.


Tomiyasu became an Arsenal player at the end of August following his transfer from Italian Serie A club Bologna. The Gunners were reported to have paid around £16m for the Japan senior national team defender.

ARSENAL SIGN TOMIYASU FROM BOLOGNA

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Premier League heavyweights Arsenal have completed the signing of Japan international defender Takehiro Tomiyasu. 22-year-old Tomiyasu signed for the Gunners on transfer deadline day on the back of the club agreeing a fee with Bologna in the Italian Serie A. Arsenal and Bologna reportedly agreed a fee of £19.8m ($27.2m), add-ons inclusive, for the Japan national team defender.

The Gunners released a statement to announce his transfer on Tuesday. In the statement, it was revealed that Tomiyasu has penned a long-term deal at the club. It is believed that the player has signed a four-year deal with the option of an extra year.

MINAMINO ON ASTON VILLA RADAR

Liverpool attacking midfielder Takumi Minamino could be an option for Aston Villa after they missed out on Arsenal youngster Emile Smith-Rowe who has signed a new deal at the Emirates Stadium. This is according to the publication from the stables of The Boot Room.

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Japan national team star Minamino signed for Liverpool from Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg at the start of last year but he has not been able to cement a place in the star-studded Liverpool forward line. The Japan international has found it hard to displace one of the front trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino at Liverpool. In addition, the Japan player still has to contend with Portuguese international Diogo Jota who signed for the Reds from fellow Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers during last summer’s transfer window.

SOUTHAMPTON KEEN TO SIGN LIVERPOOL PLAYER THIS SUMMER

Premier League club Southampton have sent a message to Liverpool that they are willing to do business with them as they aim to complete a permanent transfer of their player Takumi Minamino. The Saints took the Japanese international star on loan last season and the player was allowed to express himself on the pith by being awarded more games than he could ever have played if he remained at Anfield.

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Reds manager Jurgen Klopp was particularly in support of the loan move for the young attacker, with the manager claiming that it would help the former Salzburg star gather more experience and also get more minutes on the pitch. Minamino’s signing from Salzburg has not been the best of options by the parties involved and many fans have already made it clear that they do not like how the attacker is not given the chance to represent the Reds.

SOUTHAMPTON CONFIRM MINAMINO TALKS

Southampton have confirmed that they are in talks with Liverpool over the transfer of Japan national team player Takumi Minamino. The petite player spent the second half of the just concluded Premier League campaign on loan at Southampton from parent club and he did more than enough to impress manager Ralph Hassenhuttl and his coaching staff.

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Saints boss Hassenhuttltold HampshireLive that the club has spoken to Liverpool about the Japan international and that they are unsure of what will happen to him and that his future at Anfield is dependent on what Liverpool does in the transfer window.

CHINESE AND JAPANESE CLUBS EYEING TOTTENHAM DEFENDER

Tottenham outcast Danny Rose is currently attracting interest from Asian clubs and is set to sit down with the club and review his future in the coming days. The former England international defender has fallen out of favor at Tottenham and was deemed surplus to requirements by former manager José Mourinho during his time in charge of the club.

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Mourinho and Rose fell out at the club and it became clear that the defender would no longer be needed at the club, especially after they confirmed the signing of Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid in the last summer transfer window. The arrival of Reguilon further hampered the chances of Rose featuring for Tottenham, and he was also strongly linked with an exit from the Tottenham Hotspur stadium after falling out of favor.

TAGGART CLOSES IN ON CEREZO MOVE

Australian player Adam Taggart has reportedly moved a step further to seal his long-awaited move from Australia to Japan and is nearing a permanent move to Cerezo Osaka, it has been confirmed. The striker arrived at the Japanese Airport earlier in the week to complete all the remaining details required for him to complete the transfer.

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Even though the country’s Covid-19 restrictions stopped him from traveling at the start of the 2021 season, he has now achieved his desire and is now in the country to complete the move. The ten-time Socceroo was clearly excited and admitted that he cannot wait to start this next chapter of his career at his new destination.

JAPANESE CLUB SIGN BRAZILIAN FORWARD ON A PERMANENT BASIS

Japanese outfit HCMC Football Club have completed the permanent signing of Brazilian striker Junior Barros. The forward becomes the most recent foreign player to be moving to be Japanese league after his contract with Ventforet Kofu ended. Before moving to the Japanese J1 League, Barros used to ply his trade in his native Brazil but decided to join Kofu back in 2017. He then decided to leave the club after Kofu were confirmed to be dropping to the Japanese J2 league back in 2018.

He remained the club’s striker until his contract ran out earlier this February. During his stint at Kofu, Barros scored a total number of seventeen goals. He is now joining HCMC as a free agent after his contract expired at Kofu. German football site Transfermarkt value the player at €300,000 which is something of a bargain for his new club. Barros is coming to HCMC as a proven goalscorer and a talented forward that promises a lot of goals and has done well at every club he’s been at.

Japan suffer 2-0 loss to Mexico in friendly

Japan were unable to keep their unbeaten run going after suffering a 2-0 loss to Mexico in a friendly match. This was the first defeat in four games for the Japanese national team. Despite having a good start to the game, Japan were unable to capitalise and Mexico came back stronger in the second half. Wolves forward Raul Jimenez was able to break the deadlock in the 63rd minute. It seemed that Japan were taken aback by this goal and they quickly found themselves 2-0 down thanks to a goal from Hirving Lozano in the 68th minute.


The first half was completely controlled by the Samurai blue. However, they were unable to break the deadlock with Genki Haraguchi and Musashi Suzuki coming very close. After the game, Suzuki admitted that this was the kind of result that would happen to a team if they do not take the chances when they were on top.