13 Sep '11, 2am

Rising number of Japanese footballers in European leagues reflects Asian football's growing strength: Wenger

Rising number of Japanese footballers in European leagues reflects Asian football's growing strength: Wenger

The rising number of Japanese footballers impressing in European leagues reflects the growing strength of the sport in the Asian region, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP DORTMUND, Germany (AFP) - The rising number of Japanese footballers impressing in European leagues reflects the growing strength of the sport in the Asian region, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Monday. Wenger's Gunners are at German champions Borussia Dortmund in their opening Champions League match on Tuesday in Group F and Wenger says one of the names he is wary of is Dortmund's fleet-footed Japan star Shinji Kagawa. The winger was in dazzling form for Dortmund last season with eight goals in 18 league games before a foot injury in the semi-final of the Asian Cup in January ruled him out of football for four months. Kagawa scored twice in Japan's 3-0 trouncing of South K...

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