Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger might want to keep the receipt for the club’s Japanese summer signing Takuma Asano based on what he did for his current employers, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, last night.
The 21-year-old forward, who will officially join the Gunners after he completes a medical and the deal receives international clearance, produced a shocking miss during his team’s 3-3 draw with Kashiwa Reysol.
Asano timed his run to perfection, took a couple of good touches and set himself before hitting the crossbar. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Asano had plenty of time and only the goalkeeper to beat, but lacked the required composure to slot the ball into the net.
The video may concern Arsenal supporters, who are well used to watching their players spurn gilt-edged opportunities in front of goal.
Video: Asano misses sitter
Asano's goalscoring record is... unimpressive
Asano’s goalscoring record, for that matter, is hardly eye-catching.
Twenty-one goals in 83 appearances for Sanfrecce Hiroshima is, quite frankly, an average record.
Scoring goals in the J-League and netting them in England’s top division are two completely different things - and it’s unclear whether Asano will be ready for first-team football on arrival at the Emirates Stadium later this summer.
Wenger: Asano is one for the future
"Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future,” Arsene Wenger confirmed, per Sky Sports, earlier this month.
"He has had an impressive start to his career in Japan and we look forward to him developing over the next couple of years."
Arsenal fans want proven quality - what about Higuain?
Many Arsenal fans are fed up with Wenger signing talented youngsters, who offer no guarantee that they’ll ever be good enough for the Gunners’ first team.
They want their long-serving manager to bring in a quality striker this summer to ease the goalscoring burden on Olivier Giroud, who has a nasty habit of missing good chances in big matches.
Gonzalo Higuain, the Argentina international who scored 38 goals in 42 matches for Napoli last season, is the top-class forward currently being linked with a move to north London.
The London Evening Standard revealed on Wednesday that while Arsenal are interested in signing the 28-year-old, there’s no way they’ll consider paying his £78.8 million release clause.
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