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Arsenal's Takuma Asano set for an extra season on loan at Stuttgart

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Arsenal striker Takuma Asano is set to spend another year on loan at Stuttgart, the German club have said.

Asano, 22, joined Arsenal from Sanfrecce Hiroshima last summer before being sent on loan to Stuttgart.

The Japan international scored four goals in 26 games last season to help Stuttgart gain promotion to the Bundesliga and he will get another chance to impress for them next term.

"Takuma Asano will play for us also in the upcoming season. We've talked this over with himself, his agent and FC Arsenal," Stuttgart sporting director Jan Schindelmeister told Bild.

Japan forward Takuma Asano
Takuma Asano was sent on loan by Arsenal to Stuttgart last summer.

According to Bild, the two-year loan deal could only have been ended early if Stuttgart did not gain promotion, Asano did not make enough appearances, or if the forward was granted a work permit to play in England, which he has not.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made it clear when he bought Asano that he was not in his immediate plans, calling him "a talented young striker and very much one for the future."

Wenger added: "He has had an impressive start to his career in Japan and we look forward to him developing over the next couple of years."

Asano scored 11 goals in 56 J-League games for Sanfrecce, where he earned the nickname "the Jaguar" because his goal celebration consisted of forming his hands into claws.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.


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