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Arsenal launch offer for Japan forward Takuma Asano

Arsenal have launched a bid for Japanese forward Takuma Asano.

The 21-year-old currently plays for Sanfrecce Hiroshima and has been capped four times by Japan’s national team.

Asano has scored 25 goals in 91 appearances since making his debut in 2013 and is regarded as one of the brightest talents in Japanese football.

When asked about Arsenal's offer, Asano told journalist Shintaro Kano: “I was a little stunned.

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

“And if I go, I do have an idea of what it would be like. If I am loaned elsewhere, my take on it is that I give it 100 percent.”