Arsenal were interested in bringing Emerson Royal, a promising Barcelona fullback, on board as a replacement for Hector Bellarin, according to the Athletic.The deal fell through, and Royal joined Arsenal's London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, while Arsenal signed Bologna's high-flying Versatile fullback Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Finally, on Saturday, it was a day to see who between Tottenham and Arsenal made the better choice. Well, arguably, Tomiyasu made an impressive debut, justifying Arsenal's decision to sign him. In that match, he had already made 22 key passes, 2 clearances, and 7 aerial duels before being subbed out. His dominance was far better than Royal's, whose debut was marred by Tottenham's 3-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace.
Although it is too early to say who got the better deal, considering Tomiyasu only had two days of training and still put on that impressive performance, you may wonder what he will offer with a full week of training at Colney? He will definitely be fascinating to watch.
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