Shinji Kagawa is well known to Arsenal fans having spent two years at Manchester United from 2012 to 2014.
The midfielder failed to reach his potential at Old Trafford, and as a result he returned to Borussia Dortmund, where he continues to ply his trade.
It is fair to say that Kagawa had become a forgotten man on English shores until Monday night when he put in a decent performance for Japan in the last-16 stage of the World Cup.
The midfielder’s nation were underdogs heading into the contest against Belgium, but they showed no fear and more than held their own in Russia.
In fact, Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui put Japan two goals to the good early in the second half, meaning that Roberto Martinez’s side had to cut down a deficit in order to make it into the quarter-finals.
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They managed to do so, and in dramatic fashion as Jan Vertonghen and Marouane Fellaini scored to draw level before Nacer Chadli finished off a counter-attack with a winning goal deep into stoppage time.
Kagawa and his teammates would have been crushed at the final whistle, but the Dortmund midfielder attracted some admirers in the Arsenal following.
Some believe that the 29-year-old, who has earned 95 caps for his country, would do a good job under new manager Unai Emery.
— Ryan Dimmick (@dimmick_ryan) July 2, 2018
Now sign Kagawa LOL
— Br@dley (@Bradley8867) July 2, 2018
Kagawa is so good man I’d take him at arsenal
— Gary ?? (@ItsMrZachary) July 2, 2018
If Sven Mislintat wants to buy Kagawa for Arsenal, I’d be ok with that. He was bloody brilliant this evening.
— Andrew Allen (@AAllenSport) July 2, 2018
Shinji kagawa in & ozil out
— Tapiwa Muhamba (@TapiwaMuhamba) July 2, 2018
What’s next Arsenal bring in Kagawa for departed Wilshere?
— Viktor (@itsManzaMusa) July 2, 2018
Kagawa is decent ??
— ?⚪️Tom?⚪️ (@wisey_afc1) July 2, 2018