German club Hannover 96 have announced the signing of Arsenal’s Takuma Asano on for the 2018/19 season having passed the club’s medical fitness and making it his third campaign in Germany.
The German club announced the move on their Twitter account on Wednesday morning. With different reports over whether the transfer was permanent or temporary but cleared up that it’s just a loan move, for the time being. There were reported rumours of an option-to-buy at the end of the season though, with a fee €3m being touted.
Arsenal, also on their official club confirmed the players’ move to Stuggart by wishing the Japanese the very best of luck:
“We would like to wish Takuma well for his season at Hannover 96.”
"Er bringt viel Tempo und Handlungsschnelligkeit auf den Platz – gleichzeitig zeichnet ihn eine starke Mentalität aus." ?
Wir freuen uns sehr, dass Takuma #Asano auf Leihbasis von @Arsenal zu #H96 kommt: https://t.co/5XaiIz3O3v! ? Herzlich willkommen, @AsaTaku29! #NiemalsAllein pic.twitter.com/egvxe45tyULoading...
— Hannover 96 (@Hannover96) May 23, 2018
It’s the 5ft7″ Japan forward third loan in three years, after he spent time with Stuggart for the last two seasons. The Bundesliga club persident deliver the hint earlier this week:
Martin Kind said:
“We will loan him for a year,”
“The sporting hierarchy have positive judgements over him.”
The player had a poor time player with Stuggart this year. After a promising first season with the club, where he generally showed a brilliant performance withouth scoring many goals, things just got worse in his second campaign.
The 23-year-old registered 18 appearances for the first team in 2017/18, the last of which came in December 2017. He netted one goal and provided one assist in total, and only made the squad four times in 2018.
Dropping down to the Stuttgart second team, he scored once and assisted once in two appearances. It wasn’t enough to get him another first team opportunity though.
Given Asano’s performances at club level and the fact he isn’t getting international call ups anymore, there’s no way he’d get a work permit for Arsenal just yet. Even if he is in Japan’s preliminary World Cup squad. A loan is the only option, other than selling, so at least they’ve found a club that wants him.