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Arteta hails ‘first-class’ Tomiyasu after defender signs new Arsenal deal

Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu has signed a new two-year contract with the option of a further year.

The 25-year-old Japan international has played 73 games in all competitions for the Gunners since joining from Bologna in 2021.

“Together with his natural ability and strength, Tomi’s attitude, mentality and values are first-class,” manager Mikel Arteta told the club website.

“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.”

Tomiyasu’s new deal comes six days after team-mate Ben White also signed a new deal at the Emirates Stadium.

“I’m so happy to extend my contract because Arsenal is one of the best clubs in the world,” said Tomiyasu. “It’s a dream to play for this club.

“The connection between the players and the supporters is a different level. That’s what makes it more special. I’m playing for Arsenal and this means I’m playing for Arsenal’s supporters.

So that’s why I dedicate my life for this club and for the supporters. I want to give them something back.

“I want to achieve something. I want to win something with my team-mates, with the supporters.”

Arsenal are top of the Premier League on goal difference with 10 games remaining.

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