Takuma Asano is frustrated he’s not scored more goals for Stuttgart this season, however, his coach, Hannes Wolf, says the Japan international is proving ‘very valuable’ to the Bundesliga 2 leaders.
The 22-year-old agreed a move to the Mercedes Benz Arena in the summer after signing for Arsenal from Sanfrecce Hiroshima and has since scored two goals in 15 league appearances.
Reflecting on his form in Germany, Asano told Kicker.de, “I’m not really happy. It is important for goalscoring players to score goals.”
“It bothers him much more than me,” said Wold in response. “With his speed and quality he’ll go far as a forward and will also score goals.”
Stuttgart’s technical director Jan Schindelmeiser has also been impressed, noting: “He is extremely hard-working, ready to run in both directions and he also creates opportunities for the others.
“When he make runs from deep there are spaces for others to take advantage of.”
Elsewhere, David Ospina says he’d like to play more first team football at Arsenal. The Colombia international has been confined to Champions League football this season, although rumours suggest he could usurp Petr Cech this weekend after the Czech’s gaffe at Chelsea.
Speaking to Direct TV Sports, the back-up keeper said: “I’d like to have more regular game time that I don’t at the moment have at Arsenal. That’s very important and it’s something that’s been in my mind for a while.
He added: “With Petr we have a great friendship, he’Is a good person. We both know that the other wants to play and these are decisions that must be respected.”