Arsenal striker, Takuma Asano is not expected at the north London club this summer after his work permit clearance was denied. The 22-year-old Japanese striker is highly rated by manager, Arsene Wenger who he believes is one for the future and signed him last summer from his Japan.
Asano has been on loan at VFB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga II and promptly impressed Wenger enough for him to try to bring him to the Arsenal first team. Work permit rules in England state that a player must have played 75% of his national team’s matches in the past 2 years, a requirement Asano cannot boast of for the Japanese national team.
It was included in his contract that Arsenal could terminate his loan deal at Stuttgart if he failed to play 25 matches for the club, Stuttgart failing to get promoted or he being eligible for a work permit in England.
After signing for Arsenal last season prior to the 2016 Olympics in Rio, many Arsenal fans were left scratching their heads as they believed the club needed a recognized top-level centre forward, however, Wenger’s comment about the player must have softened their resolves, as the legendary Frenchman is seldom ever wrong in assessing the potentials of young players. Speaking at the time, Wenger said: “Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future.
“He has had an impressive start to his career in Japan and we look forward to him developing over the next couple of years.” he added.
Asano is a striker known for his instinctive and technical abilities, and he scored 5 goals and created a further 4 in 26 matches last term.