VIDEO: Former Arsenal target finally unveiled at his new club

Yoichiro Kakitani has been officially unveiled by FC Basel.

Toward the end of the last calendar year plenty of names were being linked with Arsenal - especially in the striking department.

One such name was that of Japanese international forward Yoichiro Kakitani. The Gunners held a long-term interest in the player and were believed to be keeping tabs on his form for J-League side Cerezo Osaka.

But they were not alone. Inter Milan and Galatasaray were also believed to be interested - while teams from the Middle East were also being mooted as potential buyers.

However interest in the player soon waned. Despite his excellent scoring record previously for Cerezo his form dipped in 2014 and the big names stopped watching, including Arsenal.

At the start of the month any lingering interest Arsenal may have had was now erroneous - as Kakitani agreed a deal to play for Swiss giants FC Basel.

The 24-year-old attacker agreed on a deal, stating:

"I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and Basel's fans. It is a great honour for me to move there. I want to say thanks to the management of FCB. They've given me the chance to fulfil my dream and play football in Europe. It is my goal to get integrated into the team as quickly as possible and give my best for the club. I am very pleased to be at Basel."

And now, after receiving a break after World Cup duties, Kakitani has finally been unveiled by the club at an open training session.

Kakitani's career has hit a cross-roads. After scoring 17 goals in 2012 and 24 in 2013 he managed just five in his final spell at Cerezo.

Time will tell if his Swiss move sees him come good on his promise - and if he can potentially prove Arsenal wrong for shelving their interest.

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