Arsenal agree deal for Japan forward Asano

3 Jul 2016

21-year-old set to join from Sanfrecce Hiroshima to be Arsene Wenger's second signing of summer

Arsenal have announced they have agreed a deal in principle to sign Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima. 

The 21-year-old Japan forward’s move to Arsenal is subject to the completion of a medical and regulatory processes.

“Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told “He has had an impressive start to his career in Japan and we look forward to him developing over the next couple of years.” 

Takuma Asano in action for Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Takuma has five caps for Japan and is expected to represent his country at the Rio Olympics next month.

For Sanfrecce, Asano has 56 appearances, scoring 11 goals, and was voted the J-League “Rookie of the Year” in 2015.

He is Wenger’s second signing of the summer after Granit Xhaka and the third Japanese player brought in by the Arsenal manager, after Junichi Inamoto and Ryo Miyaichi.

Asano is set to become the eighth Japanese player to feature in the Premier League.

Japanese players in the Premier League

Maya Yoshida823
Junichi Inamoto664
Shinji Kagawa386
Shinji Okazaki385
Hidetoshi Nakata211
Ryo Miyaichi170
Kazuyuki Toda40

Arsenal start their pre-season with a match against the MLS All-Stars in San Jose on 28 July. Their 2016/17 Premier League campaign begins with a match at home to Liverpool on 13 August.

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