Japan U-23 Team Star, Asano Set To Join Arsenal

Japan U-23 Team Star, Asano Set To Join Arsenal

By Johnny Edward: Japan’s Under-23 star, Takuma Asano, is set to join English Premier League side Arsenal this summer, according to reports in Japan, ‎ Completesportsnigeria.com has gathered.

The 21 year old Asano, who is expected to lead Japan's attack against Nigeria and other Group B oponents at the Rio Olympics football tournament has scored once in four international appearances for the senior side.

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Asano,a teammate of Nigerian forward Peter Utaka at Sanfrecce Hiroshima, was an integral part of the Japan side who won the Under-21 Asian Championships earlier this year in January, where he scored two goals in the tournament.

Nicknamed “the Jaguar” for his feline-like pace and speed, Asano has already lifted  league trophy twice. He won the J1 League – the top tier of the Japanese football league – in both 2013 and 2015 with Sanfreece Hiroshima.

Japan won bronze at London 2012 and will be hoping to surpass their best ever finish in Rio. 

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