Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reportedly snubbed the opportunity to sign Emerson Royal before he made the move to Tottenham Hotspur.
According to The Athletic, Gunners technical director Edu Gaspar was pushing to sign Emerson, but Arteta pulled the plug on the proposed deal.
On deadline day, he was insistent on the club wrapping up an agreement for Tomiyasu. The Gunners eventually signed him for €18 million.
Tomiyasu made his full debut for the Gunners against Norwich City last weekend, and he put in an assured defensive display in a 1-0 win.
He won 100 percent of his aerial duels, and also impressed with his forward runs and ability to pass to his teammates with either foot.