After a steady debut for Arsenal in the weekend's win over Norwich, Takehiro Tomiyasu could prove to be the answer to Mikel Arteta's defensive woes.
Two of Asia's hottest prospects will line up together for Mallorca in LaLiga this season, but can they both take their careers to the next level?
Japan and South Korea both overcame their opening losses with 1-0 wins while Saudi Arabia prove to be a threat in Group B.
Oman pulled off a stunning upset of heavyweights Japan while Vietnam couldn't hold onto their narrow lead against Saudi Arabia
Asia's 12 remaining hopefuls will resume their quest to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Thursday when the third round of qualifiers begin.
While it is not a make-or-break year, Takefusa Kubo's third season out on loan could be pivotal to his long-term prospects at Real Madrid.
Real Madrid's Japanese starlet Takefusa Kubo will spend a third consecutive season out on loan after joining Mallorca for the 2021-22 season.
Despite a raft of big-name signings recently, it appears that Andres Iniesta's Vissel Kobe will have to wait till at least 2022 to taste success.
Japan international Kaoru Mitoma has earned a move to Premier League outfit Brighton but will spend the coming season on loan in Belgium.
Kyogo Furuhashi has made an instant impact at Celtic after scoring a hat-trick for the Scottish giants in his first league start.
Vissel Kobe have bolstered their attack with the double capture of Japan internationals Yuya Osako and Yoshinori Muto.
Japan again fell short in its quest to win its first Olympic medal in men's football since 1968 following a 3-1 defeat to Mexico.
Japan can still claim a historic bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics even if their quest for gold was ended by Spain in Tuesday's semi-finals.
Japan face a tough test against Spain in the semi-finals of the men's football at the Tokyo Olympics as they continue their gold medal quest.
It was not pretty but Japan did enough to see off New Zealand in the quarter-finals of the Olympics men's football - and that's all that matters.
With the right blend of defensive experience and youthful flair, Japan may have found the key to unlocking gold at the Olympics.
Akira Nishino has been sacked as coach of Thailand after his failure to lead them into the final round of Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup.
Japan and South Korea will once again represent Asia in Olympic Games men's football after both qualified for the quarterfinals.
South Korea and Japan flew the flag for Asia in Olympics men's football on Sunday, but there was less joy for Saudi Arabia and Australia.
After his match-winning contribution in Japan's 1-0 win over South Africa, Takefusa Kubo looks ready to shine on the Olympic stage.
Japan are targeting the men's football gold medal at the Olympic Games but is that a realistic goal for the hosts?
Japan men's captain Maya Yoshida has questioned the decision to hold the Olympic Games behind closed doors ahead of Friday's opening ceremony.
Japan international Kyogo Furuhashi has earned a move to Europe after signing for Scottish giants Celtic from Vissel Kobe.
An already-troubled 2021 got even more dire for Gamba Osaka on Saturday as they were eliminated from the AFC Champions League group stage.