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Arsenal have signed Japan striker Takuma Asano from J-League club Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
The 21-year-old made his debut for his country last August and has gone on to win five caps to -date and expects to be named in Japan's squad for next month's Olympics tournament.
Although Asano is considered to be a player for the future, he will train with the first-team squad but Gunners manager Arsene Wenger stressed he hasn't been purchased for the short-term
“Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future,”
he said. “He has had an impressive start
to his career in Japan and we look forward to him developing over the
next couple of years.”
Asano becomes the third Japanese player to play for Arsenal,
following on from midfielders Junichi Inamoto and Ryo Miyaichi
Wenger also discussed his failed move to sign Leicester's Jamie Vardy after the striker signed a new improved contract with The Foxes after Arsenal agreed to meet the release clause in his contract.
“He has decided to stay at Leicester and good luck to him," he said. "He came late
to the game and in fairness Leicester bought him from Fleetwood and he
has been successful. He is 29 and he has chosen to stay at Leicester.
You have to respect that."