Takuma Asano.

Watch: New Arsenal striker Takuma Asano scores cheeky flick at Olympics

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Arsene Wenger has been widely criticised for his lack of action in this summer's transfer market, but one of the few new arrivals at Arsenal did offer fans a glimpse of what he can offer during Thursday night's Olympics action.

Takuma Asano, bought for around £2 million back at the start of July, was in action for Japan as they took on Nigeria in their opening fixture of the Men's Football tournament at the 2016 Rio Games.

Cheeky finish

And, while the Asian nation may have succumbed to defeat, the new Gunners striker did give fans at the north London club something to shout about with a sublime flicked finish to bring his team back into the game. Scroll down this article to watch it for yourself.


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Attacking a ball drilled across the six-yard box, Asano was able to nonchalantly react as it seemed to have been pulled back too far for him to connect.

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The striker's cheeky finish came in the 70th minute and pulled Japan back to within two goals of Nigeria at 3-5. Unfortunately for the 21-year-old and his teammates, although they managed to get one more goal, the high-scoring Olympics encounter ended in a 5-4 win for the African nation.


Arsenal fans watching on won't have been too concerned with the result, however. Instead, they will likely take some encouragement in seeing a rather unheralded summer signing showcasing a cool temperament in front of goal.

Speaking on Asano's arrival at the Emirates, Wenger has already insisted that the Japanese striker is "one for the future". But, given Arsenal's history of injury issues up top, you never know quite when the north London club will have to call on the services of the former Sanfrecce Hiroshima star.

He is certainly something of a raw talent right now, but his goal versus Nigeria suggests that there is some real potential there for Arsenal to work with.

Arsenal on target

Asano wasn't the only Gunners player to get on the scoresheet during yesterday's Olympics action, either.

Serge Gnabry came off the bench to help seal a point for Germany against Mexico as he cooly converted a right-footed shot in the 58th minute to tie things up at 1-1. The game eventually finished 2-2.

The 21-year-old midfielder was most recently on loan at West Brom last season and, like Asano, is likely to struggle for regular first-team football in the upcoming season.

Nevertheless, Wenger and the Arsenal faithful will take some pleasure in seeing yet more youngsters with a Gunners connected impressing on the world stage.

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