Takashi Inui link is an excellent sign for Arsenal

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Arsenal have been linked with Japanese winger Takashi Inui.

Takashi Inui is an exciting Japanese player who has fairly recently broken into his national team, after impressive performances playing in Germany.

He plays for Eintracht Frankfurt, the Bundesliga's surprise package, who currently lie in sixth, on course to qualify for a Europa League spot.

The 24-year-old has six goals and six assists this season, and has now been linked with signing for Arsenal in the summer.

Whether he is good enough, or ready, for the Gunners, is open to interpretation, along with whether the club will make a bid for him, but it is claimed they are scouting him.

This in itself is positive news, because he is a left-winger.

Ask Arsenal fans who their left-winger is, and you will get a shoulder shrug, with players filling the position hardly a permanent solution.

Lukas Podolski has perhaps been the most regular there, much to his annoyance as he wants to play centrally, while Gervinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain have also featured.

Prior to this season Andrei Arshavin often found himself isolated out there, and it really is emerging as a bit of a weakness for the club, not to have an out and out left-sided winger at least as an option.

Podolski and Gervinho will have their moments from an attacking point of view when it comes to drifting inside and scoring goals, but when it comes to crossing and tracking back, it is not either of their forte.

There was an amazing statistic earlier in the year which revealed how just three of Gervinho's 63 attempted crosses had managed to find a teammate, truly abysmal.

That is why if Arsenal are scouting Takashi Inui, as has been suggested, it indicates that Arsene Wenger and his coaching staff have identified the problem position and are trying to do something about it.

Inui won't be their only option, there will be other names in the pipeline, with a shortlist possibly still being formulated. Whether they move for the Japanese prospect or not, their scouting of him tells us there is a good chance a genuine left-winger will be incoming at Arsenal this summer.

Who do you want to see Arsenal on the left-wing?

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