Japan international confirms Gunners offer

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Japanese striker Takuma Asano has confirmed that Arsenal have approached him about a move to the Emirates.

The 21-year-old, who plies his trade for reigning J-League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima is a full international with one goal in five appearances to his name. He’s also set to be part of his country’s Olympic football team at the Rio 2016 Games.

Speaking about the approach, Asano is quoted as saying: “I was a little stunned. But I feel like I have the confidence to succeed wherever I go.

“And if I go, I do have an idea of what it would be like…If I am loaned elsewhere, my take on it is that I give it 100 percent”

Asano is understood to have other offers on the table from Switzerland and Germany but obviously seems keen on trying his luck under the tutelage of Japanese-speaking Arsene Wenger.

It looks like work permit issues could see him loaned elsewhere in Europe, as was the case with Ryo Miyaichi, who left the Gunners in 2015 after four injury-hit years at the Emirates.

A fee in the region of £3 million has been mooted; a figure that hardly represents a risk in the modern era, especially with the marketing opportunities that Asano could possibly open up in the Far East.

Granted, that makes us sound cynical, however, when you look at how Ryo, and predecessor Junichi Inamoto, were used by us it’s not hard to reach such a conclusion.


Quotes courtesy of journalist Shintaro Kano.

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Chris
Chris

?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

How did you make the little shit?

max montgomery
max montgomery

fave comment ever- imagine it being said in a french accent

bournegooner
bournegooner

He just wrote Spurs. And that just appeared.

rohit
rohit

Wouldn’t that be an amazing feature here, blogs? You write spurs in the comment box and it turns into shit automatically. 🙂

arseblog
Admin

It would soon become the international symbol for Spurs.

PeteyB
PeteyB

Blogs, get your tech gurus on it and make this happen. Nothing else to do in the summer, said gurus will be in full on avoid the sun mode.

ScotchEggsRules
ScotchEggsRules

Merde!!

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

🙂

Jamie Vardinho
Jamie Vardinho

???

YQFGooner
YQFGooner

????????

YQFGooner
YQFGooner

Does he mean Arsenal Japan?

He's got no hair but we don't care...
He's got no hair but we don't care...

i mean really?

Fletcher
Fletcher

Well, what you know, when ýou ĺeast expect it,
but YouTube video is pretty convincing, he looks good but too raw.
I always thought Wenger will come up with something like this.

dereklyw
dereklyw

Just like Ryo.

Hindustani
Hindustani

Ryo was too glass legs to realise his potential.

Stillmatic
Stillmatic

Agreed.
Don’t think blog is being fair on Ryo. Inamoto may have been cynical, but Ryo had all the raw ability to really be a Japanese Ronaldo.

Incredibly fast with really great close control and trickery. Injuries ruined him.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

He looks like Nasri physically, in the picture. Hope he has Nasri’s technique but a very different personality.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Looks a handful. Quick.

Bill
Bill

I just watched three different YouTube videos, and though we all know that YouTube goal compilations are typically skewed in the favour of the player, he seems pretty clinical around goal. Decent movement with a sprinkle of luck. I’d take him at 21 years old and throw a touch of elbow grease into him at a few mill. Why not

Lula da GIlberto
Lula da GIlberto

I understood Ryo at the time, he was more than just speed. Many Japanese regard him as extremely unlucky to get injured when he did given that a loan spell at Wigan seemed like a perfect move. Say what you like about Martinez, but its not for destroying young talents that he is criticized.

I understood Park given his profile in South Korea was a bit like Lee Dong-Gook’s when he signed for Middlesbrough. I thought that it was a calculated risk to give them a go at not too much money to see if they would sink or swim. Both were abject failures and, I hear, came with huge egos.

Having watched the J-League for the last two years, where last year Sanfrecce Hiroshima won the league, I must say, I don’t understand this move. Asano looked alright but hardly a shining gem in what is a fairly poor league at least in terms of goalkeeping and defending. I’ve seen him play for Japan and feel the same way. It felt as though he probably wouldn’t have got a call-up if Japan didn’t have so many similarly minded players.

Bearing in mind how far apart Keisuke Honda, Yasuhito Endo, and Shinji Kagawa looked compared to the others, and the fact that even in their prime I’m not sure any of these would be anywhere near the first team at Arsenal, Takuma Asano as integral member of our squad looks highly unlikely. That said, I’ve failed to see what is exciting about Shinji Okazaki for many, many years, and he won the league with Leicester, scoring one important goal along the way…

Mehdi
Mehdi

I think Wenger has alwqys wanted a Japanese player to really get into the side-he has huge respect for their work ethic.

Snake in the grARSE
Snake in the grARSE

Which is follow the rules st all costs and never think for yourself or be spontaneous. And always look to others for what to do.

RedCurrant
RedCurrant

Even at this time of mass general ignorance, your comment still stands out. Well done.

Snake in the grARSE
Snake in the grARSE

I live in Japan and this is a fact. Japanese people say this all the the time. It’s well known in the Japanese education system that it’s passive education. Nobody ever holds their hand up with an answer. Even in English learning there is no speaking practice just reading and writing. It’s well known in Japanese culture out here nobody leaves the office until ridiculously late until the boss has gone home because everyone out here has been educated to follow and not express opinions. Hell, out here I have seen thousands of examples of Japanese people feeling uncomfortable when asked what they think or what they want to do. It’s a mindset and a deep rooted part of their culture. I knew westerners with no knowledge of this would thumb it down not being able to fathom another culture such as this, but ask any Japanese person and they will tell you the same. In rare cases where Japanese people are outgoing they are outcasts and branded as weird by their countrymen which is pretty sad really. Here’s hoping this guy is one of the latter. Why do you think Miyaichi was such an outcast in photos?

Sean
Sean

Being half-Japanese I respectfully disagree with your opinion. In most cases, the reason most Japanese people won’t raise their hand all the time or consistently express their opinion is because they’re thoughtful. Just because they are quiet it doesn’t mean they don’t have an opinion. They are usually thinking something along the lines of ‘my question is probably a good question but there’s this much time remaining in class/this meeting, which is time probably best spent if the teacher can continue the topic, or if this discussion continues in it’s current direction, so I won’t raise my hand.’ Also, Japan is a country with a big population and not necessarily a huge amount of natural resources. So, especially given that the economy is not that great right now, a lot of people have to work fairly hard and long hours. You seem to imply that Japanese people have herd mentality. Honestly, what country doesn’t have a large percentage of population with herd mentality? The U.S.? Really? In orange county the first thing a girl will ask you at a club is what kind of car you drive. Regarding your first comment, there’s a small percentage of what you say that is actually true, but if anything, it’s a product of a post-WWII Japanese education system. There are obviously a lot of things wrong right now in the country structure, government, etc.. I’ve had some similar experiences that you describe too, so I’m not out to totally deny your experience and say your 100% wrong, but all in all, I respectfully but very strongly disagree with you. Having an opinion and being super passive is definitely not a trait that goes back deep in Japan’s history or culture.

Sean
Sean

*typo ->

‘Not having an opinion and being super passive is definitely not a trait that goes back deep in Japan’s history or culture.’

bournegooner
bournegooner

21 years old.

For the love of God, Arsenal fans on internet. Don’t shit on him yet.

Lula da GIlberto
Lula da GIlberto

Yeah. It looks unlikely but stranger things have happened.

Amusa
Amusa

I can’t wait for him to play with us.
I’m sure he will be atomic 🙂

Forfuckssake
Forfuckssake

If that’s some reference to Hiroshima that’s really sick.

ScotchEggsRules
ScotchEggsRules

I laughed.

*guilty face*

arseblog
Admin

Yep, pretty unpleasant.

Amusa
Amusa

Apologies.
That was stupid comment.
Sometimes i say stupid shit which i regret later.

Lula da GIlberto
Lula da GIlberto

Nonsensical and really insensitive. I’m sure that guy won’t but there is a term ‘hibakusha’ which anyone can look up and see the lasting and still continuing effects of those bombings.

Mootilated
Mootilated

Too soon?

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

If Amusa tries too hard to be Amuser, it doesn’t get too funny.

TR7
TR7

Arsene doesn’t speak Japanese fluently.

Dale Cooper
Dale Cooper

Why are people down voting this? It’s completely true.

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian

People have had enough of experts and truth.

It’s why when the FA chief recently said he wasn’t an expert in football, 52% of the country let out a sigh of relief.

ToeKneeWoodCoq
ToeKneeWoodCoq

*doffs cap*

Rectum_Spectrum
Rectum_Spectrum

65% of statistics are made up

renaissancerosicky
renaissancerosicky

This comment! 😀

Snake in the grARSE
Snake in the grARSE

Because the article never said he did.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

This statement is correct. ‘Japanese speaking’ is not technically the same thing as ‘fluent in Japanese’.

Lyn Clarke.
Lyn Clarke.

I understand that he speaks it well enough to communicate what the player needs to know. This is after all how he learned it in his time there!

assistantref
assistantref

I don’t think he has ever claimed to. But yeah, his Japanese isn’t great. Better than that guy on the Ramble’s, though.

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

Can we all join in a sigh of relief – we have finally found our striker.

The Jewmaican

Would be nice, always rated him

Stewart Robson's therapist
Stewart Robson's therapist

Not that bothered. As long as Arsene brings in experienced players in the positions we need too, he can sign all the cheap youngsters he wants. I will refrain from judging until the end of the window, I think that is the mature thing to do.

bystander
bystander

Exactly. Yaya Sanogo wasn’t a bad signing; the mistake was not signing a senior forward in 2013 (or 2015). Nothing wrong with cheap punts on youngsters.

Scott Lawton
Scott Lawton

I just worry about these types of signings, and then them playing in pre-season matches and performing somewhat well. It’s kind of what happened last season and maybe the reason why we didn’t get a main goal machine striker or at least seasoned supporting striker for Giroud.

Presumably Wenger thought Welbeck would stay fit. Wenger needs a lesson in Murphy’s Law.

Goonermonkey
Goonermonkey

If he does join, I wish him every success. Fingers crossed he’ll be a hit and also boost our presence in Asia too.

*patiently waits for more news on 1st team signings…

Gus Caesar
Gus Caesar

So that’s why Vardy turned us down…

Indian Gooner
Indian Gooner

Another Park Chu Young in the making… is it?
God Help!

pires'anklesweat
pires'anklesweat

yeah because it turned out every freakin boy from far east is the same…isn’t it?! wtf is wrong with people?! not even racist but just retarded. Titi help!

Indian Gooner
Indian Gooner

Retarded are people who cannot understand a little pun.
Calm your little Titties now.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Where’s the pun?

Snake in the grARSE
Snake in the grARSE

Japanese are to South Koreans what English are to Italians how can you even compare???

assistantref
assistantref

Oh come now, that’s a bit harsh. Japan doesn’t go out of the Asian Cup to Singapore.

Ronaldo's Paunch
Ronaldo's Paunch

To be fair Singapore did hold Japan to a draw in Japan for a qualifier, so…

Mississippi Gunner
Mississippi Gunner

That’s nice. Anyway, are we going to call Ramsey Aaron Targaryan Master of Dragons or not

moonie
moonie

I was hoping he turned super saiyan.
Was waiting for him to spirit bomb Diego Cuntsta.

Rage
Rage

Aaron Ramsey first of his name, the (s)Unburnt, King of Cardiff, King of Wales and the the first men. Khalasaar of Arsenal, Breaker of Defences and the Father of (Welsh) Dragons.

Right less procrastinating and back to studying.

hg

Just one for the future hopefully.

BW
BW

Ryo and Park are examples of how our Japanese signings fare out… but it’s a cheap investment if the boss thinks there’s really something there. See how he does on loan somewhere in the EU.

BW
BW

Yep, Park is Korean. I sound like a moron eh?

gee
gee

i thought Inamoto was alright, injuries didn’t help his cause tho

Gunner Rob
Gunner Rob

Shirt sales must be down.

Arseblood
Arseblood

Groan….not again.
Wenger has this summer to get it right. Otherwise….piss off.

harold hinney
harold hinney

So long as AW fills the spots that seriously needed then the more the marry.

Matt
Matt

While Chelsea spends money on a really good player, we are linked to a japanese guy, give me a break, Wenger must be senile. Have we forgotten about Park or Sanogo??
Unbeleivable how many ppl here say it’s ok, dumbest fan base ever

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian

How precious. You seem to think this is it for our transfer business. Meanwhile, it’s not even July in the real world.

Mississippi Gunner
Mississippi Gunner

Name another fanbase that has a blog as good as this one. Besides, that accusation was hella ironic after complaining about this signing, as though Arsene didn’t just try to sign Vardy. Or that we only get one striker signing per window or something

gee
gee

@ matt – speak for yourself

Jamie Vardinho
Jamie Vardinho

He’s obviously not a first team player- stop being a mug. Even Wenger knows that if he signs this guy and he’s our ‘striker solution’ he’s gonna get alot of stick.

Ex-Priest Tobin
Ex-Priest Tobin

In Wenger we trust!

Mac
Mac

For £3m lets just see what he’s got. As people have said already, marketing benefits would probably outweigh that cost. And despite the microscopic chances of it actually happening, a prolific Japanese striker at Arsenal would be fucking cool.

Bendtner's Ego
Bendtner's Ego

Let’s just blow all our money on Draxler and look in the Real Madrid rummage bins for their annual summer clearance.

gee
gee

Varane and Rodriguez would be cool and a striker – we have to get 2 of the 3 and il be happy (wenger said 3 new signings max)

Thierry Ennui
Thierry Ennui

Domo arigato Mr Robato

assistantref
assistantref

His goals to game ratio is eerily similar to Henry’s before he came to Arsenal.

No pressure there, eh?

Jon
Jon

I would file this under “one for the future”. He can’t even play for us this season as he’d need to get a work permit, which is why he is talking about being loaned out.

Wouldn’t be bothered by this as long as we address the major issues in the squad. Good that we are still thinking ahead of time too!

Ray from Norfolk, Virginia
Ray from Norfolk, Virginia

I am fine with this.
Celebrating even.
Sushi on Friday.
Well, sashimi.

london
london

Does this count as 1 of our 3 summer signings

Blitz Bailey
Blitz Bailey

A investment that would literally pay for itself, I have no problem with that. Who knows it may not be solely a marketing move, Perhaps the kid got some Ninja moves. Smokebomb then dash past defenders for example. You cant C me! 😉

santori
santori

Keisuke Honda wasn’t terribly bad.

You won’t be complaining bout him.

For 3m, I remember a bunch of morons complaining about Dick Law of the jungle and Campbell for even less turned out to be very high potential now.

Why such a big fuss?

😀

Mpls
Mpls

Because there’s not enough to fuss about.
Idle hands, and all that.

Sir chips
Sir chips

Excellent. We have our first subject for Professor Flam to test his levulinic acid gamma ray on. If he turns monster he’s Japan’s problem.

Abou Diaby Institute of Medical Science and Technology
Abou Diaby Institute of Medical Science and Technology

Fuck it. Let’s sign him. Let’s sign everyone. The more the merrier.

Very little to discuss really, an institution of Arsenal’s size and clout should be able to buy both superstars and obscure 18 year olds playing in the 5th division of Kyrgyzstan

Worst case scenario, the guy doesn’t pan out and we sell him/loan him out of sight (and out of mind) like we always do. A drop in the bucket.

Dale Cooper
Dale Cooper

I was recently in Tokyo and the only BPL shirt I saw a Japanese person wearing was an arsenal shirt, this transfer is working already!

Chilli
Chilli

the stereotypes…

alek
alek

bring on Van Skunk back 🙂

Rohith J
Rohith J

I saw the news and couldn’t stop smiling, Arsene you sly dog! I am really going to miss his cheap punts in the future. This is clearly not a first team signing. Here’s hoping Lacazette or Mortata happens.

BODMAS
BODMAS

or both

Va va voom
Va va voom

Could this be Wenger’s love child in his stint in Japan? He’s 21/22. Well what do I know. Just thinking aloud. Hmmm

stone_heart

Cant be Wenger’s love child. He always wore protection. Silly!

santori
santori

Yeah seen the long coat he’s always trying to zip up? It could be defective!:D

Arsenalfanman
Arsenalfanman

I’d love for him to go on loan for a season and turn out to be the next Aguero when he comes back, but let’s be realistic, he’ll be forced to go on loan for 3 or 4 seasons and that’ll hinder his chances of ever breaking into our team. Joel Campbell is an exception but despite his performances, he was only given a chance because everyone was injured and Arsene probably wouldn’t mind selling him.

Snake in the grARSE
Snake in the grARSE

I read the blog today and blogs said that in order to make up the money for shirts else you have to sell a ridiculous amount. I actually believe that this link is purely commercial. Japan doesn’t have much to shout about when it comes to football. The National team is not amazing. They’ve never won any major international tournament. And the J. League is beyond belief bad. When any Japanese player goes to any European league it’s on the news every single day. When you wake up in the morning in Tokyo, and turn on the TV, if any, and I mean literally any, Japanese player has done literally anything in any European league it’s headline news, even over any super goals or tournament news. I’ve asked so many people out here in Japan how popular Arsenal is and the crazy thing is most people tell me it’s the most famous British team in the country. I find that hard to believe what with Manchester United’s legacy, but we really are right at the top. So if we have any Japanese players it Boosts our recognition even more. And it’s such a ridiculously lucrative market out here as people love football so much and watch the Premier League all the time, more women are into football out here then women in England that’s for sure. I’ve met so many women who are crazy about stats. So many people know who Ryo is it’s ridiculous, even though British fans don’t pay him any attention. Even people who don’t know about football here know about the guy and know about Arsenal football club therefore.

santori
santori

3m for shirt power and marketing and the POTENTIAL at 21yrs he may become something (like Honda), why not?

We need to build our merchandising side as we are far behind United overall. If the merchandising end goes up, they could relax the pressure on the tickets (although of course, don’t hold your breath)

So I’m not sure why the usual crowd is having a moan…well I am but whatever.:D

Arsenalfanman
Arsenalfanman

It maybe commercial. Or maybe, just maybe, they’ve scouted him and actually believe he has great qualities and potential?

santori
santori

News today that HULK (Brazilian one not the green bloke) is off to China for something ridiculous like 47m quid (if I heard right)

The market for strikers is even tighter now with China in the game too and apparently willing and able to pay.

Asamoah Gyan apparently is at the same club in Shanghai. These aren’t players way over the hill like in the MLS but in their prime years or thereabouts.

Nominally some of these players would have been targets for the less well off Premiership clubs but as I mentioned, Wenger is facing a double crunch for some time.

He has teams around us who can spend more (Your City, Chelsea…not to mention PSG, Bayern, Real, Barca and Juve overseas). This restricts your top end choices.

And you have the other teams with improved TV money who can also spend (look at Shaqiri and Bojan at Stoke). With the Chinese market developing, the market for strikers who would have normally gone to some of these clubs has also tighten and these clubs will be competing for the remaining players on the market against Arsenal.

Ordinarily, we should not have a problem convincing those strikers to come to us but the overall effect does mean if we are distracted chasing the top end and do not (for good reasons) land them because of the competition by 6 or 7 clubs who can spend more, we may very well also find secondary targets have been snapped up already once we decide to shift to plan B and lower expectations.

The market as I mentioned last summer in particular but also this summer is tricky with supply very much tight unless certain clubs move for big players and start the musical chairs.

Its not a simple thing of going in with an offer as many pundits deem to imagine.

You put in a bid too quickly and you alert the chasing pack. Some have similar requirements and can spend more.

You wait too long and you run out of options but if you go for secondary options too quickly, you may have spent an over inflated price on a lesser player and you may miss a gem later on in the market.

Many fail to understand the intricacies of the market. It’s a market. The price is not fixed.

3m for some player who could either be the next Park/Ryo or the next Honda, why not?;)

dholio
dholio

ok. cool. Striker problem solved. Now let’s get another offensive midfielder and maybe another CB and then we’re good to go.

Clegooner
Clegooner

Jesus.

Seems about right.

steve
steve

Bull Ronaldo and his minions go through!!!!

Goo-nerd
Goo-nerd

What about Chuba? I actually didn’t think he was that bad when he played pre-season for us last year. He didn’t exactly light up the Championship last year but he’s got all the ingredients to lead the line – strong, sturdy, pacy and has a decent touch.

Trez
Trez

Well man united have signed Zlatan, Chelsea just signed michy batshuayi and are about sign Morata, we on the other hand are looking at this kid. There isn’t time for this. 3 striking options gone. All that is left is Lacazette and icardi. Higuain is said to be going to atletico.
It’s looking more and more likely that not only will Giroud be first choice, but we might not even sign a striker that can make an impact straight away.

Mark
Mark

If he follows this up with a proper striker signing then it will be one of the many gambles he takes on players on which only a few pan out. However, if it’s the only striker signing then fans will be outraged.