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Takehiro Tomiyasu praised for picking up litter as he walked off pitch after North London derby

Takehiro Tomiyasu praised for picking up litter as he walked off pitch after North London derby

Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu was praised for picking up litter after Sunday's North London derby.

Takehiro Tomiyasu was spotted picking up litter in the aftermath of Arsenal's convincing 2-0 win over Spurs on Sunday night – and fans are praising him for such a "class act".

The 24-year-old full-back, who made three appearances for Japan at last year's World Cup, enjoyed an eventful North London derby, despite his late arrival.

After replacing Oleksandr Zinchenko with 86 minutes on the clock, he helped the Gunners defend their two goal advantage and go eight point clears at the Premier League summit.

But before coming on, he was involved in a heated touchline clash with Tottenham substitute Richarlison, who would later get into a row with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

After that unsavoury clash between Richarlison and Ramsdale, full-back Tomiyasu celebrated with the travelling support before heading down the tunnel behind Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey.

And on his way to the dressing room, the Japanese international spotted a piece of litter next to the subs bench.

He picked it up before heading down the Tottenham Hotspur stadium tunnel. "Tomiyasu picking up the piece of rubbish as he's walking off the pitch," one fan commented. "Such a class act."

A second fan reacted to the moment, saying: "How can you not love Tomiyasu."

A third Arsenal supporter wrote: "Noticed Tomiyasu picking up some rubbish as the team enters the tunnel after the handbags. Even at Sp*rs, we remain a class above."

It was certainly an action-packed ending to what was a relatively quiet North London derby, and perhaps the most important moment from the full-time scenes was Mikel Arteta's decision to sprint after Granit Xhaka.

The Spaniard made sure to stop Xhaka from getting involved in a post-match fight after the 30-year-old midfielder stormed past his manager in the opposite direction to get involved in the previously-mentioned incident involving Ramsdale.

Arteta managed to get a grip of the Switzerland international, guiding him over to his Arsenal teammates who would eventually celebrate the mammoth win.

After the game, Arteta said: "It’s one of the best [wins] to be fair, because it’s been a long time.

"I think it was 2014 since we last won [a league away derby] and we talked about it the whole week. Obviously we knew the other results and today was a big day for us, and we are really happy.

“We have the privilege to have a role and job where you can make a lot of people happy and when you have that opportunity, you have to want it a lot, and I think the team showed today how much they want it.

"Hopefully people will be proud and happy today with the way the team played and the way we won the game.”

Featured Image Credit: SPOTVnow - Instagram/tomiyasu.t

Topics: Mikel Arteta, Arsenal, Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur