Arsenal announce new contract for key defender

Arsenal announce new contract for key defender

by Jay Jay Sport

Arsenal have announced Takehiro Tomiyasu has signed a new long-term contract.

The Japan international has proven important to the Gunners since signing from Bologna in 2021, filling in all across the backline and impressing with his versatility.

His previous deal was due to expire in 2025 though the club retained the option for a further year. Nevertheless, Arsenal have moved to tie Tomiyasu down to a new and improved contract, which is believed to run until 2026 with another option for one more year.

In a club statement, manager Mikel Arteta said: “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.”

Sporting director Edu added: “We are very excited to have Tomi with us for more years to come. He has huge qualities both on and off the pitch, and offers so much strength and versatility to our squad. Tomi is a top professional and it’s great that he’ll continue to play an important role in the coming years, as we work towards achieving our goals.”

Tomiyasu has made 20 appearances for Arsenal across all competitions so far this season, though has spent the last few months sidelined with a calf injury.

He has played 71 games in total for the Gunners, scoring once in that time.

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