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[Photos] New signing poses with Arsenal scarf after completing move
Arsenal’s latest new signing, Takuma Asano, posed with an Arsenal scarf after holding a press conference following his shock move to the Emirates.
Asano emerged as a surprise target last week when newspapers claimed we’d tabled a bid to Sanfrecce Hiroshima – believed to be around £5m – for his signature.
The deal was wrapped-up swiftly as Arsenal announced on our official website yesterday that we’d beaten off stiff competition from a number of clubs to secure a deal to sign the 21-year-old this summer.
The news was met with a mixed response from fans on social media as Asano is largely unknown in this country having only recently broken in to the Japan national team – scoring one goal in his 5 caps so far.
Asano caught the eye of Arsenal scouts after scoring 11 goals in 56 appearances to help Sanfrecce Hiroshima win two J-League titles and 3 Japan Super Cups over the past four seasons while he was also voted as the J-League’s Young Player of the Year in 2015.
Arsene Wenger has described him as ‘one for the future’ so I expect he’ll be sent out on loan next season to gain some much needed experience and the boss is fully expected to still bring in a more established striker to make an immediate impact on the first team.
The youngster has now been unveiled to the media as an Arsenal player at a press conference in Japan where he posed for photos with an Arsenal scarf.
You can watch the video below but it will be pretty useless unless you speak Japanese. To sum up, the striker says he’s proud to be joining a club like Arsenal but still has a few games to go with Sanfrecce Hiroshima before he leaves so he’ll continue to give 100%.