Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Japanese striker Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
The 21-year-old will arrive at the Emirates Stadium upon completion of a medical and other regularity processes.
Arsenal fans have pleaded for Arsene Wenger to sign a striker in the transfer window but the capture of an unknown youngster has caused yet more frustration among Gooners.
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While Manchester United announced the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Arsenal have signed a striker who has made a name for himself in Japan but nowhere else.
The north London club have been linked with Alvaro Morata, Alexandre Lacazette and Romelu Lukaku. They’ve ended up with Asano, who Wenger has admitted is “one for the future”.
Oh Arsene, you’ve done it again.
Piers Morgan, perhaps the biggest advocate for the #WengerOut group, is among those to have tweeted his concern over the signing.
Check out the reaction below.
Asano, Giroud & Welbeck
Wenger expressed his delight at Asano’s arrival, telling the club’s website: “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.”
Asano, voted the J-League’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ in 2015, becomes the club’s second summer signing after the capture of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Frenchman failed in his bid to sign Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and you have to imagine that he’s still in the market for a striker who can make a difference next season.
Asano joins Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck as the club’s recognised strikers. Arsenal fans will be the first to admit that that corps probably isn’t strong enough to fire them to a Premier League title.