I don’t know if you lot have noticed, but I have deliberately refrained from reporting any Arsenal transfer rumours regarding the Sanfrecce Hiroshima forward Takuma Asano, despite the Japanese international himself admitting that the Gunners were interested.
He apparently said about Arsenal’s interest while on international duty. “I was a little stunned.
“But I feel like I have the confidence to succeed wherever I go.”
Now I am sure he is very confident playing in Japan, but there is a world of difference in working in London and playing in the Premier League. He may have won two League titles with Sanfrecce, but his total record of 10 goals in 50 appearances in Japan is hardly going to start any comparisons with the likes of Higuain, Lewandowski, or even Olivier Giroud!
The fact is that Arsenal are in dire need of a Premier League-ready goal machine, not a rookie from a small League in Asia. Do I even need to mention that Arsenal’s record with buying Asian players has been just a tad less than spectacular?
In 2001 Junichi Inamoto was heralded as a star when he arrived at Arsenal, but did not even make one appearance for the club. Ryo Miyaichi was another hailed as a world-beater, but simply went out on loan to Holland and disappeared off the Arsenal radar for ever. And I am even scared to mention Park Chu-young, who was even captain of his country, but simply could not get on with Arsenal or London either by the looks of it.
Seriously, could this rumour be even slightly serious?