Report: Arsenal make formal offer to Japanese striker Takuma Asano

Asano currently plays for Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the Japanese top division.

Japan's Takuma Asano (R) and South Korea's Yeon Jeimin (L) fight for the ball.

Much has been made of Arsenal's need to sign a prolific striker this summer after their struggles in attack last season, but their reported target is likely to come as something of a surprise, with Sanyo News claiming that they have made a formal offer for Japanese international Takuma Asano, as quoted by the Daily Express.

The Gunners were the victims of injury and poor form in attack last term as their title bid faltered after the new year, with top scorer Olivier Giroud enduring a barren spell of nearly four months in which he failed to score a Premier League goal.

Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez struggled with injury and Theo Walcott spent much of the campaign looking out of sorts, and the club have been linked with several top European strikers as they look to solve that key issue.

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud

Arsene Wenger's side have already been snubbed by Leicester City and England star Jamie Vardy and also look to have missed out on Spain star Alvaro Morata and Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette as they hunt for a new star man.

Gunners fans will perhaps be alarmed to read reports that Wenger now appears to have turned his attentions to east Asia in a bid to bolster his attack.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

As quoted by the Express, Japanese outlet Sanyo News claims that the north London club have been monitoring Sanfrecce Hiroshima frontman Asano and have now submitted a formal offer to sign the attacker.

Asano is a 21-year-old Japan international and hit the headlines in his native country thanks to an impressive breakthrough season last term, in which he scored 14 times in 42 appearances in all competitions.

The striker is expected to star for his country at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,and it is unclear whether any potential move would happen before or after that involvement.

Japan's Takuma Asano (R) and South Korea's Yeon Jeimin (L) Fight for the ball.

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