Takuma Asano will spend the summer preparing for life at Hannover 96 after he missed the cut for Japan’s 23-man World Cup squad.
The striker had been included in the provisional 27-man long-list but coach Akira Nishino ended up opting for experience when it came to listing his attacking options.
Asano signed for the Gunners from Sanfrecce Hiroshima in 2016 and has since spent two seasons on loan at Stuttgart.
The 23-year-old helped the Mercedes-Benz Arena outfit to promotion in his first year but made only 15 Bundesliga appearances during the last campaign. That lack of match action looks to have proved costly.
Last week Arsenal confirmed that Hannover 96 had signed Asano on a year-long loan deal so he’ll have another crack at breaking the German top flight come August.