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Arsenal have joined Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in securing the services of a striker. The Gunners have agreed a deal in principle with Japanese striker Takuma Asano on Sunday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined the Red Devils, Blues confirming Michy Batshuayi signing and Sadio Mane swapping Southampton for Anfield, while Nolito will join Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

The 21-year-old will join the north London club from Sanfrecce Hiroshima and his move to the Emirates is subjected to medical and regulatory processes.

A statement on Arsenal's official website read, "Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle to sign young Japanese forward Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The transfer of the 21-year-old Japan international is subject to the completion of a medical and regulatory processes."

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The Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has expressed his delight after managing to beat other clubs (unnamed) in securing Asano's signature. The Frenchman remains confident that the Asian striker will be one for the future, if he develops well in the Premier League.

"Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future. He has had an impressive start to his career in Japan and we look forward to him developing over the next couple of years," Wenger explained.

With Danny Welbeck set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Wenger has his compatriot Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott as the only strikers in the squad. Asano is aware that it will be difficult for him to challenge for a place and he earlier admitted that he is open for a loan move.

"I was a little stunned. But I feel like I have the confidence to succeed wherever I go. If I am loaned elsewhere, my take on it is that I give it 100 percent," Asano explained, as quoted by the Evening Standard.