Arsenal’s new signing Takuma Asano has been refused a work permit to play for the club. The player was signed from Sanfrecce Hiroshima but has not been given international clearance to take to the field in England (via The Metro).
The young Japanese striker agreed to join the Gunners in July in a deal worth around £5 million. The transfer is very much one for the future but this newest revelation means Arsenal fans may have to wait a little bit longer to see their new forward at the Emirates.
Takuma Asano failed to meet the Premier League requirements for a permit. The forward has played five times for the Japan first team and also played for their Olympic team in Rio this summer.
Arsenal could appeal the decision but it seems more likely that Asano will leave on loan. Joel Campbell, Carlos Vela, and Wellington Silva are just some of the players Arsenal have signed in recent seasons who have gone through a similar experience. They all spent time on loan in La Liga and Asano could do the same.
Arsene Wenger spoke about the news of the young striker’s failed application. “He’s a player I believe in a lot.” Wenger said. “I will take care of him and make sure he gets to the right place.”
When asked why Asano’s work permit had been rejected, Wenger simply added: “Because he didn’t cost £50 million.”
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So we may have to wait to see the young striker in action at the Emirates but that was already a possibility. Despite that it is hardly ideal news for Arsenal fans who had hopes of seeing Asano in action this season.