Mikel Arteta stopped Arsenal’s £22m swap deal for Tottenham star ahead of Tomiassu signing
Arsenal have reportedly held talks with Barcelona over a swap deal that would have seen Hector Bellerin and Emerson Royal traded.
Royal joined Tottenham this summer and made his debut for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
But he was about to join the opponents of North London Arsenal, to me the athletewho claims Coach Edo was in advanced talks With Barcelona leaders who would have seen Bellerin move to the Catalans and Royal arrive in the Emirates.
But the report claims the deal was held up because Gunners chief Mikel Arteta was “unconvinced as to whether Royal would prove a tactical good fit for his preferred regime”.
As a result, Bellerin ended up leaving Arsenal for Real Betis on loan and Arteta moved instead to Takehiro Tomiyasu, who was ironically linked with Tottenham earlier in the window.
Arteta is believed to have preferred the Japan international’s defensive solidity over Royal, who is considered more of an offensive defender.
Spurs are said to have been Royal’s favorite destination anyway, and after Tomiyasu’s impressive appearance in Arsenal 1-0 win over Norwich on SaturdayThe transfers seem to have worked well for everyone involved.
“We are really happy,” he said. “We knew it was a really tough match and we got what we wanted which was to win the match and get the points on the table. We had to suffer but I knew winning the match was going to be like that.
“After three defeats things get complicated. I have to say it was the best 10 or 14 days of my career. Not the easiest, but the best. You learn a lot in difficult moments, with who you are. In difficult moments when you see the people, the level of organization and our fans. They were. They are ready to suffer today but they just give and give and give the team.Today and last week it all slipped together.
“We have to improve on a lot of things but today we made seven changes and it really looked different.”