Who is Takuma Asano? Why does Arsène Wenger admire his play? Where had the Japanese striker played before Arsenal? Will he participate in the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio? Continue reading to get more interesting facts about the second Arsenal signing in summer 2016.
On Sunday, the third of July Arsenal agreed a principal deal with the best striker Takuma Asano from Japan.
This perspective 21-year-old footballer is the second signing that prominent London club has made this summer.
What does Wenger think?
According to Arsenal manager, Takuma was a gifted youthful striker with a remarkable career start in Japan. “We truly hope he will do the best for his new team, because it always has been an honor to play for Arsenal. We are sure he will definitely enhance our game performance in the nearest future,” Arsène Wenger added.
In addition, the manager emphasized that Takuma would train with the first team, notwithstanding the fact that the young Japanese striker has none experience in the Premier League.
By the way, history says that Asano will be the third footballer from Japan in Wenger`s Arsenal, besides prominent midfielders Ryo Miyaichi and Junichi Inamoto.
New striker will join the other club`s Granit Xhaka who was signed on the 25th of May, 2016.
This 23-year-old midfielder from Switzerland earlier was the captain of Borussia Monchengladbach.
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Takuma Asano`s professional career
Takuma Asano was born in 1994. Before Arsenal, Takuma Asano had played for Sanfrecce Hiroshima, a Japanese club from J-League, since February, 2013. Since that time he scored twelve goals in fifty-six matches.
Takuma Asano`s goals
During this time he won Japanese Super Cup for three times. In 2015, аor his stunning success he received the title “Rookie of the Year”. Takuma Asano also won the Japan Football League for two times.
The talented striker from the Land of the Rising Sun internationally debuted in August, 2015. On 8 May 2015, Vahid Halilhodžić, the manager of Japan national team, invited Asano to participate in a training camp that lasted for two days. On June 3 2016 Asano scored his first goal for National team against Bulgaria.
He is also included to Japan national team for the forthcoming XXXI Olympic Games.
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