Takuma Asano felt like a strange signing when we bought him from Sanfrecce Hiroshima in 2016.
Three years on and the striker has yet to kick a ball for the club, having spent two seasons on loan with Stuttgart and one with Hannover 96.
His last campaign in the Bundesliga did little to suggest he has any kind of future with Arsenal, making just 15 appearances in all competitions, and scoring 1 cup goal. He failed to find the target in the league all season.
As we look to clear the decks a bit this summer, the Japanese international seems like an obvious candidate for a departure, and there is reportedly interest in him from Partizan Belgrade who would like to take him on loan for a year.
However, the same report says that Arsenal have two offers to buy the player from German clubs, and that would seem a far more sensible deal to do.
He’s not going to play for Arsenal, another season on loan is pointless, and selling him would help us recoup some of the reported £3.5m we paid for him.
Can our Head of Football, Raul Sanllehi, and his minions sort out a transfer somewhere else? They don’t appear to be that busy with anything else, so let’s hope so.