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Takuma Asano reveals his delight at completing his transfer to Arsenal last month

Takuma Asano has revealed his delight at completing his transfer to Arsenal earlier in the summer transfer window.

The 21-year-old striker joined the north London club last month to become the club’s second signing of the summer as Arsene Wenger moved quickly to bolster his attacking options at The Emirates.

Asano joined the Gunners from Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshima and will be hoping to stake his claim for a spot in the Arsenal first team next season.

And the forward has opened up about how the move came about and how much he is looking forward to representing his country at the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily Mirror, Asano said: “I’ve always wanted to play abroad and I had a few offers before but I was never sure if I should go or not.

“Once I was called up for the top national team where there are a lot of players playing abroad, playing with them made me think that I also want to play and challenge in a foreign league.

“And then I had the offer from Arsenal. Of course, I was still not sure whether to go or not. I talked with my family and friends and felt good about the decision after talking with them.

“I’m ecstatic about everything! With the Olympics and also for Arsenal—I’m still not sure if I’ll actually play for Arsenal right away in the coming season, but definitely I’ll try my best.”

Takuma signed for Sanfrecce Hiroshima as an 18-year-old in January 2013 and made 56 appearances, scoring 11 goals.

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Arsenal finished second in the Premier League table last season, 10 points behind surprise champions Leicester as they had to settle for a trophyless campaign.

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