Ian Wright rates Takehiro Tomiyasu’s debut after Arsenal win and clean sheet

New signing Tomiyasu impressed on his Arsenal debut as he helped the Gunners to a clean sheet in their 1-0 win against Norwich City at the Emirates on Saturday

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Ian Wright has rated Takehiro Tomiyasu's Arsenal debut after helping his new team to a win and clean sheet.

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The Gunners were 1-0 winners against Norwich City at the Emirates on Saturday in the Premier League to get off the mark after starting day bottom of the table.

Tomiyasu was handed a start by Mikel Arteta and the 22-year-old impressed in his 62 minutes on the pitch.

The Japan international, who signed from Italian outfit Bologna for £17 million on transfer deadline day, started at right-back, one of multiple positions he can play.

Supporters lauded his display as he won the most duels in the match (10) despite not playing the full game.

Tomiyasu impressed on his Arsenal debut

Club legend Wright joined them in their praise for Arsenal's newest of six summer recruits.

Wright said while on punditry duty for Match of the Day: "I thought he [Tomiyasu] had a fantastic debut.

Manager Mikel Arteta was also pleased with Tomiyasu, saying: "[It was] really positive. Just the first impression when you met him, it was just joy and happiness and good energy.

"The moment he steps on the pitch he was really focused, determined, he understands the role really good. He was cramping," the Gunners boss explained.

Wright described Tomiyasu as "fantastic" on his debut
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"Obviously he only trained a day and a half with us, he had to travel, and emotionally it was his first game and we had to take him off."

Arteta also handed goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale his first top-flight start, dropping Bernd Leno after he conceded five goals at Manchester City before the international break.

"I think he was terrific," he stated. It is not only what he did on the technical side, it is what he transmits, his energy, his chemistry with the backline, how he reacts, his body language… I think it was top.

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"We have two fantastic goalkeepers and never forgot what Bernd has done for us and what a good goalkeeper he is."

He added: "I had to make decisions and I felt Aaron was the right one to do so and like in any other position, and that is what we decided today."

Asked whether he plans to rotate his goalkeepers, the Spaniard stated: "I want to see how they perform.

"Now we need performances and we need to win football matches, so whoever gives better performances and whoever transmits more confidence and is more reliable will play."

Arteta was relieved to get his first Premier League win of the season

Somewhat bizarrely, Arteta claimed the last fortnight – which has included the international break and the closing of the transfer window – had been his best in football.

"I must say, it’s probably been the best 10 to 15 days I’ve ever had since I’ve been in football," he said with relief. I’m not saying they were the easiest, but probably the best.

"You have to find a purpose for why you do what you do and why you’ve made the decision to be a football player or a coach. It’s all made sense in the last week or so. It’s about the relationship we have built."

Arteta continued: "It’s about the level of trust that everybody at the club has.

"It’s about connections and emotionally how players react, how everybody in the team – and I’m talking about every department at the club – supports and tries to improve and be positive around the situation.

"You have to win football matches but, for me, that’s an absolute joy to watch, how everybody has been behaving around the context that we had around us."

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