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‘I’ve never heard a sound like on my debut’

Takehiro Tomiyasu is applauded by Arsenal fans after his debut

Our recent home match against Norwich City will live long in the memory of Takehiro Tomiyasu. 

Signed from Serie A side, Bologna, on transfer deadline day, Tomi - as he is referred to around the training ground - made his debut at home to the Canaries soon after.

"The day of my debut was amazing," Tomi told the official matchday programme. "It was a special day for me because it was my big dream to play in the Premier League. Especially to do that at Emirates Stadium as well - it was just wonderful. 

“I can tell you that I've never heard a sound like that before - never in my life. So it was really special for me. I will always remember it.

"That noise came as a surprise to me of course - I've not been in front of that many supporters before. But during the game I was focussed on playing. I needed to focus on my performance, so that's what I tried to do.

"It was amazing for me. I could hear it from the moment we walked onto the pitch. Then every time when I got the ball or played the ball, I could hear the noise. Then of course the goal as well.”

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