Arsenal is hoping of complete a deal for Japanese international striker Takuma Asano in the coming days. The Arsenal manger sees the young Japanese as a prospect for the future but will reportedly loan him out during the upcoming season.
And wonder kid has five caps for Japan, and has expressed his shock at the Gunners’ approach. News of Arsenal’s interest in the 21 years old emerged earlier this week in his homeland Japan.
He was quoted as saying, “I was a little stunned,”
“But I feel like I have the confidence to succeed
“If I am loaned elsewhere, my take on it is that I give it 100 percent.”
The 21 year old striker would become Arsenal’s third Japanese import during his 20-year spell at Arsenal.
Japanese Junichi Inamoto and Ryo Miyaichi had previously been brought to the North London club but neither of the players made a breakthrough into Wenger’s senior side.
The youngster Nicknamed “The Jaguar,” helped Sanfrecce win the Japanese J League title last year scoring 9 goals in 34 games, while he has played four games for Japan and scored once.
The youngster burst to local limelight after joining Yokkaichi Chuo Kogyo High School, a well respected institution amongst Japanese professional footballers in 2010, and imediately establishing himself as the school’s top scorer.
His exploits in the high school led to a move to his current club, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, with where he has won two J-league titles, three Japanese Super Cups and picked up the J League’s Rookie of the Year in 2015. He also won the AFC Under-23 Championship with Japan in 2016 a decent feat for a young man of his age.
His explosive acceleration rate and speed are his main assets and also has a trademark celebration. Asano runs 50 metres in 5.9 seconds, to put that into perspective, reports claim speedster Theo Walcott does 40m in 4.42s.