Gunners in battle for Asian wonderkid

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Arsenal face competition from Dutch giants Ajax in the emerging battle to sign Japanese youngster Ryo Miyaichi.

The 17-year-old winger has impressed during his trial at the north London club, with a dazzling performance in-front of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and several of the club's hierarchy against Boreham Wood last night.

It was a highly-anticipated friendly, with young Gunner Wellington Silva set to make his debut against the non-league outfit. The South American would come off the bench at half-time, but it was Miyaichi's 60 minute performance that impressed most.

A versatile wide man who plies his trade at Chukyo University in Nagoya, the Japanese youth international has already been on trial with FC Köln in Germany as a string of European sides take a look at the speedster.

Young Guns reports that the player has already agreed to go on trial at the Amsterdam Arena, although the site suggests no deal has been made as yet to bring the player back to the Emirates.

The Daily Mail reports that the Gunners are planning a move for the teenager though, with Frenchman Wenger attempting to secure a contract with the player following his training stint with the first team.

With Miyaichi's stock continuing to rise, Wenger will have to consider moving quickly if he's to fend off interest from other clubs this summer.

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