Arsenal have once again added a barely known player to their shopping list as Arsene Wenger’s penchant for picking up unheralded raw talent and converting them into world class stars comes to the fore.
The latest player to catch Wenger’s eye is Eintracht Frankfurt’s 24 year old Japanese midfielder Takashi Inui. Inui, who has been capped 6 times by the Japanese national team, has had a good first season with the Frankfurt club, having joined them from second division side VfL Bochum.
In his first season in the Bundesliga, Inui has racked up 28 appearances, and contributed effectively with 6 goals and an equal number of assists.
The youngster is quite versatile, an added bonus considering Arsenal’s pass and move game. While usually deployed as a central playmaker, Inui is just as comfortable on the left wing, a problem position for Arsenal in recent years.
The Gunners though will need to do some convincing if they are to get Eintracht Frankfurt to part with Inui. The Japanese international signed a 3 year deal with the club last summer and is contracted to them till 2015, meaning the Bundesliga club would be in no hurry to sell their new star.