ARSENAL striker Takuma Asano will remain at Stuttgart next season after failing to meet work permit guidelines.
Asano was signed last summer from Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshima but was immediately sent on loan to Stuttgart.
The 22-year-old adapted well to German football scoring five goals and providing four assists in 26 appearances to help the club earn promotion to the Bundesliga.
It was hoped Asano would be eligible to begin his Arsenal career next term with three clauses included in Asano’s contract which would have allowed the Gunners to terminate the deal.
He said: “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.”