Japanese Rookie of the Year claims Arsenal have targeted him

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Arsenal could be taking their search for their next striker to Japan if rising star Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Takuma Asano is telling the truth.

According to the Evening Standard, Asano has claimed that Arsenal are interested in bringing him to Emirates Stadium. However, the Japanese striker admitted that if he were to make a move he was uncertain of his chances of getting any significant reps with the first-team.

“I was a little stunned,” Asano said.

“But I feel like I have the confidence to succeed wherever I go.

“If I am loaned elsewhere, my take on it is that I give it 100 percent.”

The 21-year-old striker was named J. League Rookie of the Year in 2015 after scoring nine league goals and 14 in all matches.

Asano has made 56 appearances for Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J1 League, scoring 11 goals. In all competitions he has tallied 23 since his debut in 2013.

At the international level, Asano helped Japan win the AFC Under-23 Championship in 2016. He has also made five caps for Japan since debuting for the team in 2015. He scored his first international goal for the senior team earlier this month with a penalty kick in a 7-2 win over Bulgaria during the 2016 Kirin Cup.

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