New Arsenal star expresses delight in summer move despite initial reservations

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

Takuma Asano also shares prior doubts before making the switch to the Gunners.

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

New Arsenal signing Takuma Asano has expressed delight over his move to the Emirates Stadium, despite having initial doubts over the move, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Japan international became the Gunners' second signing of the summer after making the switch to England from J-League side Sanfreece Hiroshima last month, with manager Arsene Wenger keen to secure his services.

Asano has come to Arsenal with a reputation as one of Japan's best young prospects after making his international debut in May 2015, and Wenger himself regards the 21-year-old as "a talented young striker and very much one for the future".

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Arsene WengerArsene Wenger

Speaking on his move to the Premier League giants however, Asano has expressed his previous doubts in deciding whether to make the move, and admitted that he is unsure over the role he will be able to play this season.

He told the Mirror: "I’ve always wanted to play abroad and I had a few offers before but I was never sure if I should go or not. Once I was called up for the top national team where there are a lot of players playing abroad, playing with them made me think that I also want to play and challenge in a foreign league.

"And then I had the offer from Arsenal. Of course, I was still not sure whether to go or not. I talked with my family and friends and felt good about the decision after talking with them.

"I’m ecstatic about everything! With the Olympics and also for Arsenal—I’m still not sure if I’ll actually play for Arsenal right away in the coming season, but definitely I’ll try my best."

Arsenal's manager Arsene WengerArsenal's manager Arsene Wenger

Asano is currently with the Japanese national team as they prepare for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but he may find himself in contention for a place in the starting XI sooner rather than later given the current shortage of forwards at Wenger's disposal.

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