ARSENAL fans believe Takehiro Tomiyasu may be the man to stop Cristiano Ronaldo after a clip of his Serie A exploits went viral.
The short highlight shows the full-back dominate his rival in a game for Bologna against Juventus.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Takehiro Tomiyasu have already gone toe to toeCredit: Getty
Tomiyasu, 22, nicked the ball from Ronaldo before holding him off and turning him to clear the danger.
Some Gooners watching the clip on Reddit felt it raised false hopes but others were convinced that the club had signed a star defender.
One fan on Reddit commented: “CR7 came to Prem to get away from him.”
Another joked: “I’m convinced. He’s better than Ronaldo, you can’t tell me otherwise.”
While one said: “We brought him as a response to CR7 for United, bring it on!”
But another noted: “Clips like these just build up false hopes.”
Ronaldo faced Tomiyasu twice in Serie A and actually came out on top both times.
A 2-0 win in June 2020 saw the Portuguese icon score a penalty to open the scoring before Paulo Dybala sealed the win.
And Juventus claimed victory by the same scoreline in January of last season.
Ronaldo, 36, did not get on the scoresheet in that game, which also featured the tackle that has gone viral.
The striker is preparing to make his second Manchester United debut later this month against Newcastle, following a £12.85million switch from Italy.
Arsenal paid £20m for Japanese full-back Tomiyasu having sent Hector Bellerin on loan to Real Betis.
The pair could square up to each other once again when the Gunners travel to Old Trafford on November 30, with their Emirates Stadium reverse date set for April 23.
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