Arsenal 22yo sends message to fans after Player of the Month award

Takehiro Tomiyasu with Arsenal (Photo via Tomiyasu on Instagram)
Takehiro Tomiyasu with Arsenal (Photo via Tomiyasu on Instagram)

Takehiro Tomiyasu sent a message of thanks to the Arsenal fans after they voted him their Player of the Month for September.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal - Photo: Charlotte Wilson / Offside. September 2021
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur – Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal – Photo: Charlotte Wilson / Offside. September 2021

Arsenal confirmed the results of their latest Player of the Month poll on Thursday, and Takehiro Tomiyasu was the emphatic winner of the fan vote.

Tomiyasu received 51% of the votes, despite being up against Aaron Ramsdale, Emile Smith Rowe, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Posting on his Instagram page, Arsenal summer signing Takehiro Tomiyasu wrote: “Thank you. [This is] because of you all who [are] supporting me always. Carry on working hard.”

It shouldn’t be a huge surprise that a defensive player ended up winning the award for the month. Tomiyasu came into the team and helped Arsenal keep two clean sheets, conceding just one goal in September.

The Japan international was particularly impressive in the air, winning 14 of his 16 aerial duels.

There were many standout players against Spurs, but Tomiyasu was certainly one of them. Despite Spurs’ rather fortunate late goal, the right-back did an excellent job of shutting down a number of counters and clearing up the danger in front of his goalkeeper.

Tomiyasu did help Arsenal keep another clean sheet to kick off October, though it was in more underwhelming fashion in a draw with Brighton. Still, he’s clearly pleased with his start in the Premier League at the back.