24 goal Arsenal linked sensation nets Champions League strike... but not in Europe

Arsenal linked forward Yoichiro Kakitani scored his first goal of 2014 for Cerezo Osaka.

Yoichiro Kakitani showed just why he is making the big clubs in Europe sit up and take notice, with a superb curling strike in the Asian Champions League yesterday.

Kakitani scored an impressive 24 goals in 42 games for Cerezo Osaka last season - with The Express claiming the Gunners had expressed an interest along with Inter Milan and Galatasaray.

The 24-year-old is set to feature at this summer's World Cup, able to play as an attacking midfielder or centre-forward, with 3 goals in 8 games for his country.

The group stage game against South Korean side Pohang Steelers was Osaka's first of 2014, with Kakitani taking just 11 minutes to find the scoresheet. Former Manchester United forward Diego Forlan came off the bench for Osaka but couldn't help them gain the three points.

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