23 goals in 39 games - Arsenal monitoring 'next Kagawa'

Japan Football Fans

Arsenal have been linked with a Japanese youngster who plays for Shinji Kagawa's former club.

Arsenal are one of three sides linked with signing Japanese starlet Yoichiro Kakitani, report Talksport.

Kakitani plays for Shinji Kagawa's former side Cerezo Osaka, and is also interesting Inter Milan and Galatasaray.

So what do fans of the Gunners need to know about him?

Here are five facts...

1) Kakitani is an attacking midfielder who like to play through the centre, like Kagawa, and is 23-years-old.

2) His 23 goals in 39 competitive games for his club is his best yet; last season he scored 17 goals in 40 games, which was a big improvement on six in 36 the year before.

3) He is a Japanese international and has three goals in three games for his country.

4) Kakitani made his J-League debut back in 2006 aged just 16, but had to wait until he was 19 to score his first goal.

5) Kakitani was invited to train with Arsenal at just 17, after impressing at the FIFA under-17 World Cup, where he scored a goal from the half-way line against France.

Check him out in action below...

Would he be a good signing for Arsenal?

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