Arsene Wenger confirms Takuma Asano hasn't been granted work permit

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Arsene Wenger has been widely condemned for his lack of activity in the summer transfer window.

While Arsenal's Premier League rivals have spent big money, Gooners have had to be content (or not) with the arrival of Granit Xhaka and two far from headline-grabbing additions in the shape of Rob Holding and Takuma Asano.

And it seems things can't even run smoothly for those players who do sign on the dotted line for the north London club. That's after Wenger himself confirmed that Asano won't be able to link up with Arsenal this season after failing to be granted a work permit.


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Confirming the setback for the Japanese striker this weekend, Wenger said, via The Mirror:

"He's a player I believe in a lot...I will take care of him and make sure he gets to the right place."

The Gunners boss also joked that the reason Asano was unable to get the paper work to allow him to play in England was because "he didn't cost £50 million".

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Although Asano - who was signed by Arsenal for £5 million from Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshima back at the beginning of July - wasn't expected to be heavily involved this season, the news will only add to the frustration currently engulfing the club's work in the transfer market.

Now unable to familiarise himself with Arsenal and acclimatise to the English lifestyle and English football, Asano will, per The Mirror, now most likely end up spending a year playing either in France or the Belgian Jupiler League.

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It is a situation that Arsenal have been in before, most recently with Joel Campbell who spent two years on loan after signing in 2011 due to work permit issues.

Having seen the Costa Rica star leave on loan again over the weekend, the Gunners faithful will be hoping that Asano's own set back doesn't lead to a similarly disjointed career in north London.

With five international caps for Japan, and some impressive performances for the Asian nation during this summer's Olympics Games football competition, the 21-year-old striker certainly has potential.

Just how long Arsenal will have to wait to see that unfold for their own club remains to be seen.

Fans of the club will certainly be hoping that Wenger proves a little more lucky in the transfer market over the next week or so before the transfer window closes at the end of this month.

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