Arsenal agree deal to sign Japanese striker Takuma Asano

Takuma Asano

Arsenal announced that they had completed a transfer deal for Takuma Asuma on Sunday and fans of the club are desperate to know more about the young striker.

Even the most die-hard Gooners would admit they know next to nothing about Asano who will seal a move to the Emirates once a medical and regulatory processes have been done.

However, supporters may have noticed the 21-year-old has been cropping up in pictures performing his unique lion-esque celebration – and he’s had a lot of practice after scoring 21 goals in 83 appearances for former side Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

Well actually, it’s not a lion at all…Asano has been nicknamed the ‘Jaguar’ back in his native Japan as a result of his lightning quick pace on the field.

The Japan international was once measured running 50 metres in a rapid 5.9 seconds – Theo Walcott does 40m in 4.42s, to put that into perspective.

‘Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future,’ Arsene Wenger said after a deal for Asano was wrapped up.

‘He has had an impressive start to his career in Japan and we look forward to him developing over the next couple of years.’


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