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Copa America appearance could secure Arsenal return for 'next Ronaldinho'

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Arsenal starlet Ryo Miyaichi could make a shock Emirates return this summer, according to reports.

The Japanese teenager is currently plying his trade on loan at Feyenoord, with the former Chuyko High School graduate impressing in the Eredivisie after joining in January.

Arsene Wenger beat off strong competition to land the coveted youngster at the turn of the year, but work permit complications meant the player couldn't stay with the Gunners in north London.

However, talkSPORT claims the 18-year-old could join-up again with Arsenal as soon as the start of next season. The possibility hangs on the winger, dubbed the new Ronaldinho in sections of the Dutch media, featuring for his country in July's Copa America.

After originally planning to miss the event following the re-scheduling of the domestic J-League, Japan will now send a team to Argentina. Miyaichi is being tipped for a call-up following his success at both U17 and U20 level, with the player proving himself in European club football as well now.


 

Udinese have reportedly been monitoring Miyaichi with regards to a potential summer move, but Arsenal are thought to be keen on keeping hold of the player and see him as a valuable asset.

The potential commercial value of one of Asia's rising stars is, whilst not an issue to fans, great business for the Gunners and could prove to be a massive bonus should Miyaichi make the grade in north London.

Wenger is also more interested in the playing aspects of the player, and Arsenal will be hoping the winger can fulfill his potential at the club and become a future world star like the Brazilian he's now being compared too.

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