By Sir Hardly Anyone
In the end we bought six out of the 134 players tipped by journalists and bloggers to be joining us, a success rate for the journalists and bloggers of about 4.5%. That was their highest ever success rate in tipping transfers since we started counting – mostly brought about by a) the journos and bloggers finding more players to tip than ever before and b) Arsenal buying an unusually high number of players – six.
Put another way over 95% of the players tipped to be coming to Arsenal actually didn’t arrive. The blame of course will be on Edu for not working hard enough, and not on the journalists and bloggers for being completely without a clue as to who Arsenal were chasing.
The fee yesterday was £17.2m to buy the Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna. He can play at right-back or centre-back and could cost a further £2.8m in add-ons. That arrangement is probably because of his past injury record.
That makes three defenders we have signed: Tomiyasu, Ben White and Nuno Tavares. Héctor Bellerín left. The other three incoming were of course, Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht, Martin Ødegaard from Real Madrid, and Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United
Leaving us is Reiss Nelson has moved to Feyenoord on loan with a new contract on offer to keep him at Arsenal. He is but one of 23 players who have gone either permanently or on loan. The other later movers were Willian to Corinthians, Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson to Leuven on loan, and the aforementioned Héctor Bellerín to Real Betis on loan.
Tomi, as our new man was known in Italy, played 60 times for Bolgna from 2019 onward and 23 times for the Japan first team having started out with the under 16 team. His injury record suggests that he is a quick healer which is always helpful but he has had a series of injuries in the last season, the most persistent being a muscular problem. But he made 33 games in league and cup last season.
The biggest problem with him is that from June last year he started playing for the Japan first team, and inevitably has been injured playing for Japan, although he managed to play in the Olympics. Japan came fourth.
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