Arsenal ace Takehiro Tomiyasu has "Ronaldo mentality" and "is never satisfied"

Eyebrows were raised when, on Transfer Deadline Day, Mikel Arteta made a move for Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu to save his faltering backline.

West Ham had been interested in the services of the defender in January, but David Moyes had turned his nose up at the move.

However, it hasn't taken long for Tomiyasu to silence his doubters with an excellent start to life in North London.

One person that Tomiyasu's fast start at the Gunners hasn't surprised is Andre Pinto, the sporting director at Sint-Truiden, the Belgian side who brought him to Europe.

And speaking to Goal, Pinto has revealed his Ronaldo-like mentality.

"What is amazing about Tomi is that he doesn’t accept anything that isn’t success,” Pinto recently told Goal.

"He’s not lucky, nothing for Tomi comes because he’s lucky. He’s just a hard-working player.

"You find a lot of dedicated players, but Tomi has a little bit of the Cristiano Ronaldo mentality in terms of determination, in terms of working hard and in terms of eating healthy.

"He is the type of player who is never satisfied. He will always continue to work hard to keep developing himself."

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Since the Japanese international arrived at the Emirates, Arsenal's fortunes have rapidly transformed – culminating with an explosive first-half performance in the North London derby.

The result catapulted Arsenal back into the top half of the Premier League table and, crucially, ahead of Tottenham.

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