If early indications are anything to go by, then Arsene Wenger is going to be a very busy man this summer which is music to the ears of Gunners fans around the world. On the theme of ‘World’, Arsenal’s latest man to join the target list comes from a part of the world that has produced talent of the likes of Shinji Kagawa and Ryo Miyachi – both applying their trade in the Premier League.
The next Japanese product who is expected to make his move to England is talented midfielder, Takashi Inui.
Despite prioritising a centre back, defensive midfielder and striker this summer, The Gunners may look for an exception. Inui – capped nine times by Japan – is a quick, left-footed midfielder who has the ability to control the game with his creativity.
Currently playing in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt, his performances have attracted the interest of Arsene Wenger who has since deployed his chief scout on a mission to monitor the progress of the 24-year-old. Of course, Wenger has an enormous amount of knowledge of the Japanese game and Inui himself but what do Arsenal fans know about their next potential star? Here are some intriguing facts to increase their knowledge!
In 28 appearances this Bundesliga season, Inui has contributed six goals and six assists – again proving his ability to score goals as well as create goals which has evidently been his most proven quality this season.
Inui made a name for himself in Japan at Cerezo Osaka, the same side as Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa. During his time at the club, he continued to wow fans with his natural ability and on two occasions in the same season, he scored four goals in a match.
Arguably, the most impressive of the three facts is that Inui ranks in the Bundesliga’s top 10 players in terms of average shots per game, proving that he isn’t reluctant when it comes to hitting the target – a fact that will bring smiles to the faces of Arsenal fans who have seen their team adopt tika-tika football without an end product, far too many times this season.
Nevertheless, Wenger may have found the catalyst to resolve those ever frustrating problems.