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‘Tomi’s so excited, with the right self assurance'

It has been quite the start to life in the Premier League for Takehiro Tomiyasu.

The Japan international has helped us claim 10 out of a possible 12 points since arriving in N5, and has now been named as our September Player of the Month.

So what is Tomi like to manage?

"A joy," Mikel Arteta told Arsenal.com. "He is so excited, you can see that for him it is a dream to be here and he is doing it in the right manner, with the passion but with the right commitment, and as well with the right amount of self assurance that he is capable of doing it.

"I'm very impressed, he has done it in a really natural way. It puts a smile on your face when you look at him, for how he communicates, how he is. 

"It's not been easy for him, we asked him to come in and play after two days against Norwich, then we went to Burnley, then the north London derby... a lot has happened and I am really happy with him.

"For me [the Premier League] is the hardest to adapt to, and the hardest to stay at the top. That is the challenge. 

"Now he has shown he has the right qualities, the right mentality and personality to play for this club and in this country, and he has to maintain that and keep improving."

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