Arsenal have announced that Takuma Asano will spend the 2016-17 season on loan with Stuttgart.
The 21 year old signed for the Gunners in July for a fee in the region of £5m, but because he lacks the necessary international caps he doesn’t qualify for a visa to play in England.
A year on loan should allow him to meet that requirement, assuming he continues to feature for the national team.
Stuttgart currently play in the German second division, so it’s perhaps not as high profile a loan spell as we might have liked, but playing regular football and getting accustomed to European football will be part of the process.
Asano played for Japan at the Olympics this summer, and will be hoping his season in Germany will be enough for him to begin his North London adventure next season.
Good luck to him, and it’ll be interesting to see how he gets on there.