Arsenal switch information: Takehiro Tomiyasu arrives, Hector Bellerin on mortgage to Actual Betis

Japan international Tomiyasu can play either right-back or center-back

Arsenal have signed Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna after right-back Hector Bellerin joined Spanish club Real Betis on loan.

The Gunners have also allowed winger Reiss Nelson to join Dutch club Feyenoord for a season.

Tomiyasu, 22, who can play both as a center-back and right-back, has signed a long-term contract with Arsenal.

He made 31 Serie A appearances last season but only played once for Bologna this season.

Coach Mikel Arteta said: “Takehiro is a strong defender with good Serie A and international experience.

“He’s a versatile defender with great defensive skills, high technical ability and composure on the ball. He will be an important part of our squad.”

Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares started as right-backs in the north London club’s three league games this season, all of which ended in defeat.

Bellerin has not been a regular starter for the Gunners since his serious knee injury in 2019, but made 25 Premier League appearances last season.

The 26-year-old Spanish international, who was signed by the Barcelona Academy in 2011, has yet to play for the club this season and has two years left on his current contract.

Hector BellerinBellerin joined Arsenal in 2011 from Barcelona’s youth academy

Winger Nelson, 21, has made 48 appearances for Arsenal and scored four goals.

The England U21 international spent 2018-19 on loan at Hoffenheim in Germany.

“I’m looking forward to playing in this beautiful stadium,” said Nelson. “Feyenoord is a wonderful club and a great challenge for me. I hope that I can make the fans cheer soon.”

Arsenal have been heavily recruiting this summer, including center-back Ben White for £ 50m, midfielder Martin Odegaard for £ 30m and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for an initial £ 24m.

Maitland-Niles at Arsenal

Meanwhile, Ainsley Maitland-Niles will stay with Arsenal after talks with manager Mikel Arteta.

The England international thought he would join Everton on loan before the transfer window closed.

However, Arsenal refused to sanction the move that sparked a social media post from Maitland-Niles, saying “He just wanted to play”.

The 24-year-old is believed to have spoken to Arteta about his frustrations on Tuesday afternoon.

Talks went well and Maitland-Niles is now staying with Arsenal.

He has made two appearances for the club this season and was substituted on in Saturday’s 5-0 loss to Manchester City.

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