By Walter Broeckx
Yesterday this came out on arsenal.com:
Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle to sign young Japanese forward Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshim
The transfer of the 21-year-old Japan international is subject to the completion of a medical and regulatory processes.
A number of clubs were after Takuma’s signature and Arsène Wenger said: “Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future. He has had an impressive start to his career in Japan and we look forward to him developing over the next couple of years.”
Making his full debut for the Japan national team in August 2015, Takuma has made five appearances for his country and is expected to be a part of their squad for the Rio Olympics in August.
Takuma signed for Sanfrecce Hiroshima as an 18-year-old in January 2013 and enjoyed great success with the J-League side, making 56 appearances and scoring 11 goals.
During this time, Takuma won the J1 League in 2013 and 2015, the Japanese Super Cup in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and was voted as the J-League ‘Rookie of the Year’ in 2015.
So what do we know about this Japanese striker? Nothing. The only thing to do then is to go on a search and find out some things.
The first that I learned is that he was meant to be an Arsenal player one day. Now I don’t speak Japanese but a person who seemingly does told me that in Japan they when they say Arsenal you hear more or less… Asano. So just like Arsène was meant to be for Arsenal so was Takuma meant to be for Arsenal.
What else did we find out? He is 1.71 m high and weighs 70 kg. I didn’t weigh him myself of course but that is what the internet is saying. So he looks to have a rather excellent weight/height ratio if you ask me. At my age I can only dream of that. But then again I am (no longer?) a top athlete.
I also heard he is quick. Something that I more or less got confirmed by watching a video clip of him. My first impression after watching him was that he is indeed quick. And that he uses his body rather well when shielding the ball and trying to turn defenders the wrong way. He also is inventive and has quick feet. One of the moves that came back a few time was the steering the ball with his foot while being in the air.
Before you take a look I would urge you to watch the video to the end as it has a goal in it that reminds me of a great striker that once used to play for us. But please this is not me saying he will be the next TH or anything like that, but it struck me when watching that this could have been a TH goal.
Of course this wouldn’t be Arsenal on social media without the usual Arsenal twitter meltdown. People saying things like MU bought Ibrahimovic, Chelsea bought Batshuai, Man City bought Nolito and we… buy an unknown Japanese striker.
Sometimes I really wonder if people are stupid or just pretend to be stupid. Therefore I will quote the words of Wenger again: “Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future.
This is one of those players that has been bought for a rather low price in the hope that he will make the step up. If he does than that is one of the smartest moves in the market, if he doesn’t… well no man overboard apart Takuma maybe?
But for some reason people don’t read what is published on Arsenal.com but just bash Wenger and Arsenal because… well they do like to bash them.
And in the meantime they also bash the young player himself. Just imagine having just agreed a deal to join Arsenal and then see the fans you want to play for going into “meltdown” because you signed for their club. Wow, what a way to welcome a young player. Shame on you.
He sure seems to be considered a big talent in Japan. Winning the league twice with his team, winning the super cup 3 times in a row and being voted rookie of the year in 2015. Of course this is no guarantee he will be a big Arsenal player one day but it surely shows he is a promising talent. And why not support this young man and show him some love?
We must also keep in mind that he will not join the club immediately as he is picked for the Japanese team that will play in Rio in the Olympic games. So he will not be part of the team from the start of preseason. As Wenger said: one for the future.
We also must keep in mind that the chance is also very large he will not get a work permit from the start and might be sent on loan next season. I’m sure Wenger and Arsenal know this and based on this we can deduct that this is not the striker Wenger is looking for. Not for the next season but maybe for future seasons.
And for those who still feel the need to wind themselves up about this I can only say: hakuna matata (almost the same has the name “Takuma Asano”) and for those who have had small children during the last 20 years or so they will know that this means: don’t worry as you can find over here
And for me personally I hope that he will make it big time at Arsenal and shut up all those people who are having a nervous break down for the moment. Hakuna matata, Takuma Asano. Don’t worry, Takuma Asano, there are people out there (mostly here) who will support you.
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