Arsenal were one of the busiest clubs in the Premier League during this summer’s transfer window, splashing a massive £144m as they look to turn around a woeful start to the season
After a hectic summer in the transfer window, Arsenal were still busy on transfer deadline day, completing two more deals.
In a defensive shake-up, Mikel Arteta managed to offload want-away full-back Hector Bellerin, while Takehiro Tomiyasu was brought in as his replacement – Mirror Football brings you all the details on those deals.
It wasn’t all good news at the Emirates Stadium though, with Spurs nipping in ahead of Arsenal to land a Brazilian international.
There is plenty of work to be done over the international break with Arsenal sitting bottom of the Premier League table after losing all three of their opening matches.
So with the focus set to shift away from transfers, here is a round-up of the Gunners’ business on transfer deadline day.
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Tomiyasu clinches deadline day move
Arsenal have agreed a deadline day move for Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu worth €23m, €20m of which will be paid upfront.
The Japan international was the Gunners’ sixth signing of the summer, and took their overall spending up to £144m for the 2021 summer transfer window.
Mikel Arteta said of his new signing who can play at centre-back and right-back: “Takehiro is a strong defender with good experience in Serie A and at international level.
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“He’s a versatile defender with great defensive qualities, high technical ability and composure on the ball.
“He will be an important member of our squad. We look forward to Takehiro joining up with us when he returns from international duty.”
Hector Bellerin departs
With Tomiyasu arriving, that allowed Hector Bellerin to get his move away from north London, joining Real Betis on loan for the season.
The 26-year-old was looking for a fresh challenge this season, and there is still a lot of goodwill between him and the club.
But he will embark on his first La Liga season with Betis – the club of his first ever football shirt, the Spaniard claims.
Emerson Royal’s reason for snub
With Bellerin departing, Arsenal had identified new Tottenham signing Emerson Royal as a long-term replacement for the right-back.
However, the Brazil international opened to join north London rivals Spurs instead on transfer deadline day for an initial fee of £25.7million.
With Betis signing Bellerin as their replacement for Emerson, Arsenal managed to bring in Tomiyasu, who had been linked to Spurs himself.