Sol Campbell has described new Arsenal signing Takehiro Tomiyasu as a player who is good, strong, and the player for future, while also delighted to see the club executive chief thinking long-term in the transfer market.
Takehiro, 22, become Arsenal’s sixth and final summer signing on deadline day, adding further depth to Mikel Arteta’s squad in what has been an incredibly busy window for the north London club.
The Japan international has followed high-profile signings such as Ben White, Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale through the door at Arsenal, who also brought in Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga this summer in an attempt to freshen up their squad.
Two-time Premier League winner Sol Campbell says he’s pleased Arsenal made signings this summer, and that they’ve struck a good balance between players who are ready for the first team and those who are full of potential.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the former Gunners defender said: ‘Arsenal have been incredibly busy. It’s nice… they’re trying!
‘Takehiro Tomiyasu, from Bologna. He’s a defender, good, 22, looks strong – another potential player. That’s what we’re looking at at the moment.
‘I’d rather take two transfers – money and wages – and buy a ready-to-go player and then you can pad it out with some other potentials as well. I’d much prefer that type of way and build up over the next two or three years.
‘Every year buy those kind of signature players that can give you that instant success… instant success? Well maybe proven and they’re more likely going to work out.
‘Sometimes you need to join two transfer fees and the money to sign those [signature] players. They should look at that and balance it out with potential.’
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta’s men are endured a miserable start to the Premier League season, losing all three of their matches so far this season to sit bottom of the Premier League table during the first international window.
The Gunners will return to action against Norwich City at the Emirates on September 11 where they’ll be hoping to get their campaign underway by putting points on the board.