Mikel Arteta given green light to hand out Arsenal debut for Norwich clash

By Josh O'Brien

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been handed a much-needed boost after his latest recruit, Takehiro Tomiyasu, will be available for selection in Saturday's crucial home clash against newly-promoted Norwich City.

The Japan international was the last of six summer signings for the Gunners, putting pen to paper on a last-minute switch to the Emirates on deadline day from Serie A outfit Bologna.

Tomiyasu only enjoyed his first training session with his new teammates today (Thursday, September 9), two days shy of the game against Daniel Farke's Canaries, but is now suitable to make his Gunners debut as far as the Premier League are concerned.

As of Thursday morning, the 22-year-old was waiting to have his work permit approved following his move to north London, the last step before he would officially be allowed to play.

Without permission, his debut - which could now potentially come against Norwich, would have been further delayed.

Thankfully, his application was given the all clear and the Japan international is expected to be part of the matchday squad on Saturday.

Tomiyasu, who only met boss Arteta for the first time on Thursday morning, cost Arsenal a relatively small fee of £16m.

The former Bologna man boasts versatility as one of his strongest traits, able to play at both centre-back and right-back - he could go on to become a mainstay in Arsenal's backline.

He will be hoping to help turn the club's fortunes around after the Gunners have endured the worst start to a season in Premier League history.

Arteta's men sit rock bottom of the Premier League after three games played, with zero points, zero goals scored and nine goals conceded.

The Gunners last league outing was arguably the club's lowest point since Arteta took charge in December of 2019, Arsenal convincingly hammered 5-0 by a Manchester City side that barely got out of second gear to brush aside an Arsenal team in disarray.

Mikel Arteta has overseen Arsenal's worst ever start to a Premier League season (Getty Images)

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The fixture against Norwich, also without a win this season, has taken on even more importance as it is viewed as a great chance by the Arsenal faithful to kickstart their season and build some momentum.

Arteta knows a defeat at home to a newly-promoted outfit will undoubtedly increase the discontent felt around the Emirates at the moment - the Spaniard may be running out of time to salvage his job.


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