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

Daily Mail Online

The Japanese star now plays his football in the Bundesliga with VFL Bochum

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

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

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 Read more – Daily Mail Online

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