Arsene Wenger sees a lot of potential in Ryo Miyaichi and sees the young Japanese star as a leading man for Arsenal in seasons to come. Ryo was bought to the club two and a half years ago and is on the verge of a breakthrough in to the first team.
He was sent to Feyenoord on loan immediately after his signing where he made a name for himself, being called Ryodinho and scoring three goals in twelve league appearances. He made his Arsenal debut in the Carling Cup against Shrewsbury in 2011 before finishing that season on loan at Bolton Wanderers. He then joined Wigan Athletic on loan for the entire of last season but returned to the club in March with an ankle ligament injury, an injury that prevented him for winning an FA Cup winners medal.
The midfielder is still currently recovering from the injury but Wenger believes he will come back bigger and stronger than before to make a big impact on the Gunners squad.
“I have great hopes for Ryo because he has the traditional Japanese qualities,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “Japanese players technically have a very good touch, they are mobile, agile, a bit lightweight but they move well. It’s usually a player that has a great attitude towards the team.”
Miyaichi, who wears Ryo on his football shirts, is blessed with searing pace and has learnt the typical Japanese way with the player technically gifted and very mobile. Wenger credits Ryo’s attitude and says that could see him develop even further.
“Ryo has a fantastic attitude for sure. He has just come out of rehab after a big knee injury, and the physios have told me they have never known an attitude like it. So he has those qualities, and as well he is tricky, has great pace, and works very hard.He has to learn to become mature tactically – shrewd tactically – but all the rest, he has.”
The 20-year old has been capped by Japan twice and could feature in Arsenal’s pre-season as he looks to make his mark on the first team next season. Thomas Eisfield had a memorable summer last year and other academy graduates like Serge Gnabry, Benik Afobe and Joel Campbell could all be involved in the Asian tour this summer to help them establish themselves in Wenger’s squad with places in the Capital One Cup team assumingly available.