Former Bologna defender reveals his satisfaction to be at Emirates Stadium and has no doubts that he made the right career call.
Arsenal have slipped from the lofty standings they once occupied in Premier League and elite European competition.
But, they remain a big draw and are working through a long-term rebuilding project under the guidance of Mikel Arteta.
Tomiyasu forms part of those plans following a summer switch from Bologna.
And is convinced that he has linked up with a sleeping giant that few players would pass up the opportunity to join.
Tomiyasu explained to the Gunners’ official matchday programme of why he ended up in north London:
“For me Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world.
So there is no reason at all to say no to them.
It’s as simple as that – when I had the offer, I just wanted to be part of Arsenal.
“I wanted to play at a higher level, so I am so grateful to be given this chance by Arsenal.
Meanwhile,I just couldn’t believe it when I found out.
“I was very excited as soon as I knew. I didn’t need to call anyone or speak to anyone for advice.
It was an easy choice for me, because, well because it’s Arsenal.
“I didn’t even have time to speak to the manager before signing the contract, and I didn’t need to. I wanted to come.”
“Ever since I arrived, every single player has helped me a lot here, and every member of staff as well.
“Before that game against Norwich I have to say I was really nervous.
So I really appreciated the help from all the players, especially Martin Odegaard.
“He told me that you just have to enjoy this time, really enjoy it and that’s what I was able to do.
It helped that we were able to take the three points as well!
“It meant it was a good day for me, but if I think of my own performance,
actually I’m not 100 per cent satisfied.
I made some mistakes, especially defensively. But I think it will get better, it was just my first game.”