Takuma Asano impressing for Sanfrecce ahead of Arsenal move
Takuma Asano is showing impressive goal-scoring form for Sanfrecce Hiroshima ahead of his move to Arsenal.
Asano, 21, who has agreed a deal to join the Gunners this summer, scored twice over the weekend for his current team Sanfrecce in the J-League in a 4-2 loss to Kashima Antlers.
Arsenal announced an agreement earlier this month to buy the Japan international, but the transfer is still pending a medical and regulatory processes.
And while Arsene Wenger has hinted that the speedy forward needs time to develop before becoming part of his first-team plans, Asano celebrated the deal with an impressive brace.
His first goal against Kashima was a composed finish after running behind the defence to collect a pass in the area, while his second was a thumping strike from a difficult angle.
Wenger is reportedly trying to bring in another striker this summer, with Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette and Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata both having been linked with the Gunners.
Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.