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Japanese star catches Wenger's eye

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Arsene Wenger has lavished praise on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa as Arsenal prepare to face the German outfit in the Champions League.

The two sides will meet at the Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday night in Group F of Europe's elite club competition, bringing together two sides with respective reputations as aesthetically pleasing outfits.

Wenger has certainly been impressed by what he has seen from Dortmund, with the Arsenal boss having identified teenage sensation Mario Gotze as the main threat to the Gunners.

Arsenal had been credited with a summer bid for Gotze, and the young playmaker will now have an opportunity to show Wenger what he is missing.

Wenger has also noted the talents of Kagawa, with the Japan international likely to post Arsenal significant problems.

Arsenal starlet Ryo Miyaichi has drawn comparisons to his 22-year-old compatriot and Wenger, who spent a spell coaching in Japan, says Asian football particularly healthy at the moment.

"Kagawa is a very mobile player, he is very clever, very creative and is very quick in the box and that is why he is a proven goal-scorer," said Wenger.




 

"Miyaichi is not here, he is just coming back from injury and is playing for the reserves on Tuesday at Bolton.

"But (Kagawa and Miyaichi) are very interesting players. I think it just shows what is happening all over the world at the moment, the push of Asian football towards the top quality.

"We saw it at the World Cup last year where teams like Japan did very well, along with North and South Korea.

"Asian football is pushing hard. We were in China before the start of the season and we saw some very good young players there too."

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