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JAPANESE J LEAGUE

2016/2017 Season

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9 Kashima 6 2 5 20
10 Sanfreece 6 2 5 20
11 FC Tokyo 5 2 6 17
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Takuma Asano impressing for Sanfrecce ahead of Arsenal move

Takuma Asano is showing impressive goal-scoring form for Sanfrecce Hiroshima ahead of his move to Arsenal.

Asano, 21, who has agreed a deal to join the Gunners this summer, scored twice over the weekend for his current team Sanfrecce in the J-League in a 4-2 loss to Kashima Antlers.

Arsenal announced an agreement earlier this month to buy the Japan international, but the transfer is still pending a medical and regulatory processes.

And while Arsene Wenger has hinted that the speedy forward needs...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Arsenal edging closer to Takuma Asano signing from Sanfrecce - source

Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Takuma Asano, a source close to the Premier League club has told ESPN FC.

Asano, 21, said on Thursday that the Gunners have been in contact with him over a move to the Emirates Stadium.

And, amid reports in the Japanese media that a bid has been made for the Japan international, a source says Arsenal are hoping to secure his services.

Arsenal would be looking to bring in Asano with an eye on the future, and he would likely be loaned...

Takuma Asano claims Arsenal have approached him about transfer

Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Takuma Asano says he has been approached by Arsenal about a possible move to the Emirates Stadium.

According to reports in the Japanese media, Asano, 21, has been the subject of a bid from the Gunners.

And the Japan international, who is set to play for his country at the Olympics in August, claimed after a friendly against South Africa that the Premier League club have been in contact.

"I was a little stunned," he is quoted as saying by Kyodo News. "But I feel like I...

River Plate beat Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Club World Cup

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South American champions River Plate booked their place in the Club World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

The Argentine giants were matched for large spells by the J-League champions but Lucas Alario scored in the second half with a header after Sanfrecce goalkeeper Takuto Hayashi could only half-punch a Carlos Sanchez free kick away.

River Plate celebrate taking the lead through Lucas Alario.

Yusuke Minagawa had the best chances for Sanfrecce in the first half but failed to convert a trio of opportunities.

River face the winner of Thursday's...