Arsenal forward Takuma Asano is set to spend another 12 months on loan at Bundesliga side Stuttgart.
Asano, 22, joined Stuttgart last summer on a season-long loan just a month after arriving at Arsenal in a £3.4million deal from Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
The Japan international, who has been capped 11 times, has been refused a work permit with the Gunners and he will get a chance to play in the Bundesliga after Stuttgart’s return to the top flight at the first attempt.
Asano scored four goals in 26 games last season to help Stuttgart gain promotion.
“Takuma will play with us next season. We have discussed this with him, his advisers and Arsenal,” said Stuttgart’s sporting director Jan Schindelmeiser in the Daily Star.
Arsene Wenger is hopeful the forward can develop and become an asset for the Gunners in Germany as he looks to qualify for a work permit to feature in the Premier League.
“Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future,” said Wenger last summer. “He has had an impressive start to his career in Japan and we look forward to him developing over the next couple of years.”