Last weekend Arsenal managed to get their first win of the campaign against Norwich City and currently sit 16th in the league.
Arsenal have struggled in defence for quite some time and have been looking for options to replace Hector Bellerin at right-back. They signed Japanese international, Takehiro Tomiyasu on transfer deadline day from Bologna. The 22-year-old made his debut at the Emirates on matchday 4 and was arguably the best player on the pitch for the Gunners.
We look at some stats to analyse his debut further.
As we can see from the heat map, Tomiyasu has played on the right flank, up and down providing the width in attack. Predominantly playing in the midfield and defensive third of the pitch, he occasionally found space on the right-wing as well as drifted inside into the box when needed.
Alongside the lateral passes, Tomiyasu consistently tried to play passes to Odegaard and Nicolas Pepe in the attacking third to link up and create chances. He played a total of 29 passes with an accuracy of 69% with xT sometimes as high as 0.760. He got into great positions throughout the match and tried to play the ball into the box whenever he got the chance.
Tomiyasu was not afraid to take shots on goal as well and nearly scored from inside the box before Tim Krul fisted his shot over the bar.
Tomiyasu was equally impressive in the defence, winning 77% of his duels in the 62 minutes he played and managed to keep the Norwich wingers and midfielders under check very easily. He won 88% of his aerial duels and was effective in the air as well. Tomiyasu has been clean with his challenges conceding just one foul throughout his time on the pitch. He brought back the stability in the defence the Gunners have been looking for for a long time. His positioning during the match was second to none and is one of the best attributes of his game.
A well balanced and equally effective in both attack and defence Tomiyasu has gathered praises from manager Mikel Arteta and Arsenal fans over the weekend, making his debut memorable and indeed a good one.