Few will only remember that Arsenal signed two strikers this summer, as Asano Takuma failed to get a work permit and that saw him complete a loan switch to German side Stuttgart.
However, the two-time J.League title winner cannot wait to get play for Arsenal. In this worldwide Arsenal magazine exclusive, Takuma gives an in-depth interview Here’s an excerpt:
How do you feel about signing for the club?
This really is a big club. I’m really looking forward to the challenge.
What do you admire most about this club?
Firstly, this is a huge club on a global level and I want to learn by putting myself in this tough environment. This is one of the best clubs in the world and obviously I’m attracted by that.
This sort of experience doesn’t come around too often but I’m not only here to gain experience. I’m here to challenge and gain experience by actually playing in games. So I will do my best to achieve that.
When describing yourself as a footballer, what is your best quality?
Pace is my biggest strength, then movement by using my pace. I feel goals are what are expected of me, too. I want to improve these qualities in the team even further and hope I’ll be able to express myself.
How well-known are Arsenal in Japan?
If you know football, you know Arsenal. I don’t really watch football played outside Japan but of course I knew Arsenal. That’s how well-known the club is.
Who’s your all-time favourite Arsenal player?
When I was growing up, Thierry Henry had the biggest impact as an Arsenal player. I’m a forward so of course I liked his style of play. As a player, there are so many things I could learn from him.
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