Why Japan World Cup hero Takuma Asano was forced to leave Arsenal in 2016


REVEALED: Why Japan hero Takuma Asano was forced to leave Arsenal… as he writes his name into World Cup folklore with incredible late winner against Germany at Qatar 2022

Takuma Asano was Japan’s hero in their World Cup win over Germany but the striker could have been playing for Arsenal.

The 28-year-old scored the winner in Wednesday’s shock 2-1 win over Germany to hand Japan the perfect start to their World Cup campaign.

Former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger snapped up Asano from Sanfreece Hiroshima in 2016 but work permit issues prevented him from playing in the Premier League leading to his subsequent exit.

Takuma Asano fired home Japan’s winner with seven minutes left to hand his side a shock win

The legendary Frenchman described the Asano as “a talented young striker and very much one for the future.”

Arsene Wenger signed Asano in 2016 but work permit issues put the breaks on his move

Arsene Wenger signed Asano in 2016 but work permit issues put the breaks on his move

Asano is the toast of Tokyo following his heroics against Germany in Qatar on Wednesday

Asano is the toast of Tokyo following his heroics against Germany in Qatar on Wednesday

Asano later moved to Germany for loan spells with Stuttgart and Hannover before securing a permanent move to Serbian side Partizan Belgrade.

The striker is now back in Germany with VFL Bochum after signing as a free agent in 2021.

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