Arsenal summer signing from Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Takuma Asano has been refused a work permit to play for the club, according to The Metro.
Asano, 21, was signed by Arsenal from the Japanese top flight outfit earlier on in July for a fee believed to be in the region of £5m, but has not been given international clearance which will make him eligible to play in England.
Although, a large section of the Gunners faithful believe Asano is one for the future but they still would have love to see him in action early enough. Now, the wait to see the young Japanese appear in the Arsenal jersey continues.
Asano did not meet the Premier League requirements for a work permit, as he has featured for Japan only five times and also played for their Olympic team in Rio. The new rule is players need to play a higher percentage of international games for their countries before getting a permit to play in the Premier League.
Arsenal are likely to appeal the decision, but it looks like Asano will suffer the same fate as the likes of Joel Campbell and Carlos Vela – farmed out on loan.
Boss Arsene Wenger commented about the news of the failed work permit application:
“He’s a player I believe in a lot.