On a day when Chelsea agreed a £33million deal for rising superstar Michy Batshuayi from Marseille and with Manchester United on the verge of signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Arsenal fans are starting to feel a little, well, nervous.
Arsene Wenger has been on the lookout for a new striker for what seems like forever. Since 2013, they have come close, yet failed, to sign Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and most recently Jamie Vardy.
It seems to be in unanimous agreement that Olivier Giroud is not the man to lead the Gunners to Premier League glory and with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all preparing for new eras under world-class coaches, they are in more danger than ever of being left behind.
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So after being rejected by Leicester's Vardy, Arsenal fans wondered who Wenger's alternative target would be. Perhaps Real Madrid's striker Alvaro Morata, reportedly available for around £50m? Or what about Alexandre Lacazette, the man not good enough for France's Euro 2016 squad but still valued at £45m?
No thanks. Not for Wenger. He has instead chosen to concentrate his efforts on a diamond in the rough called Takuma Asano.
What do you mean you have never heard of him?
Sanfrecce Hiroshima's star striker. The rising hope of Japanese football. The J-League Young Player of the Season. The four-time Japan international. Any so-called football hipsters still scratching their heads should bow them in shame.
The reliable Kyodo News, a huge agency in Tokyo, have reported that Asano has a tempting offer from the Emirates and is likely to reject the likes of Augsburg and Red Bull Salzburg to move to north London.
But as you can imagine, Arsenal fans are really not satisfied with Wenger's idea of a major summer signing. They would rather see the Frenchman counter Chelsea's offer for Batshuayi or storm into the Madrid boardroom with a briefcase full of €500 notes and refuse to leave without Morata in tow.
The reaction on Twitter has been a mix of gallows humour and pure anger. Take a look at some of the best below.
These guys are delighted:
As always with highlight footage, he looks bloody amazing in this video below. So those feeling optimistic about the deal will surely like to further increase their excitement by watching all 12 minutes of it while dancing along to the techno beats.
One for the future
Of course, there is still a lot of the summer transfer window left and Arsenal may see Asano as one for the future. Indeed, The Japan Times claims the Gunners plan to loan the 21-year-old out to a club in Europe where he can learn the local game before earning a work permit.
As he is already a full blown international, the work permit should not be too much of an obstacle if he continues at his current rate of progression, but that will not be for a couple of years at least.
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