Arsene Wenger has revealed what prompted him to secure the rare signing of a player from the J1 League even though fans were demanding a household name at the time.
The signing of Takuma Asano in early July was greeted with mixed reviews from a majority of the Arsenal faithful who had been left frustrated by the failed move for Jamie Vardy.
However, Wenger insists the 21-year-old forward’s attributes are relatively similar to that of the Leicester City star and therefore, signing Asano was worth the risk.
“What I see in him is the quality of his runs, his pace, his body strength and he is quite aggressive,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“You do not find many players today who go behind the defenders at every opportunity.
“That is one of his strengths. I must say, I’m personally a strong believer in him, because by coincidence I met the national coach of Japan and he is absolutely convinced by him.”
After failing to receive a work-permit, the Japanese youngster, who scored yet again for his country on Tuesday, has been sent out on loan to Stuttgart for the rest of the season.
Asano will be seen as a potential replacement in the squad for Serge Gnabry who chose to leave the club for Werder Bremen after constantly being troubled by injuries.
Here was the forward’s goal against Thailand yesterday…