Takuma Asano has once again been denied a work permit and will therefore remain at Stuttgart on loan next season.
- Asano signed for Arsenal in 2016, failed to obtain work permit
- Made 27 appearances while on loan at Stuttgart last season
- Striker still hasn’t played enough to get work permit
- Japan international will remain in Germany next season
After signing from Sanfrecce Hiroshima last summer, 22-year-old Asano was denied a work permit, which foreign players often are if they’ve not played a certain amount of games, and was sent out on loan to 2. Bundesliga side, Stuttgart.
The terms of Asano’s contract stated that if Stuttgart remained in Germany’s second tier, the striker made less than 25 appearances, or Arsenal obtained a work permit, the player could travel to north London.
However, according to Bild, none of these requirements happened.
Asano has once again had his work permit rejected, he made 27 appearances last season, and Stuttgart gained promotion to the Bundesliga.
The Japan international scored four league goals and assisted the same amount last season.
While not obtaining a work permit for a second season isn’t ideal, another loan spell, this time in the top flight of German football, could do the youngster good.
Hopefully, Asano’s Arsenal career doesn’t head in the same direction as Joel Campbell’s.
The Costa Rica forward was also denied a work permit for two years after signing for the Gunners from Saprissa in 2011, and has since gone out on loan five times. The 24-year-old has only made 23 league appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side.