Arsenal are expected to oversee significant changes this summer and plenty of departures are likely to lie ahead in the coming months.
The club has now officially confirmed one of those moves, as Japan international Takuma Asano has joined German outfit Hannover 96 on a season-long loan deal.
23-year-old Asano joined Arsenal in 2016 but is unable to play in England due to failing to earn a work permit, spending the past two campaigns on-loan with VFB Stuttgart and helping the club seal promotion to the Bundesliga.
By continuing in Germany, Asano could push closer to earning German citizenship that will help him in his quest to land a work permit that means he’s able to feature in England but it remains to be seen how the regulations will change after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.
With all the uncertainty, it’s possible that Asano could end up leaving the Gunners on a permanent basis without ever kicking a ball for the north London side.