Takuma Asano to remain at Stuttgart for another season after promising first season

Takuma Asano
Takuma Asano of Stuttgart looks on during the Second Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and Karlsruher SC at Mercedes-Benz Arena on April 9, 2017 in Stuttgart.

Arsenal will be without the service of Japanese striker Takuma Asano, according to reports from Metro.

The Japan international joined the club from Sanfrecce Hiroshima in July 2016, becoming the Gunners’ second signing of the window after Granit Xhaka.

Wenger described him as ‘a talented young striker and very much one for the future’, but he was denied a work permit and sent on loan to Stuttgart.

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And now according to German publication Bild, Arsenal have been informed that Asano still does not qualify for a work permit, having not played enough games over the past two years.

That has triggered a clause in his loan deal that means he will stay at Stuttgart for a second season, having helped them win promotion to the Bundelsiga.

There were three stipulations that Arsenal included in his move that could enable them to recall him prematurely.

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Either Stuttgart remained in the second division, Asano played fewer than 25 appearances or he became eligible for a work permit to play in the Premier League.

But none of those things happened, meaning Asano will be looking to help Stuttgart cement their place in the Bundesliga next season.

He made 27 appearances for the club last season as they won the second division, scoring five goals and assisting a further four in a promising fist campaign in Europe.

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