Japanese starlet 'ready' for Arsenal opportunity

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will take a good look at Ryo Miyaichi during pre-season to assess whether the Japan youngster is ready to fight for a place in the first team.

The 18-year-old striker was loaned to Feyenoord after signing a long-term deal with the Gunners in January and has impressed in the Dutch top flight.

Wenger revealed if all goes well, then the club could consider applying for a work permit for Miyaichi ahead of the 2011/2012 campaign, saying: "I have only (heard) positive reports about him. He will be with us in pre-season. I think he is good enough, but if he is ready enough to have a place in our team, we will ask for a work permit and try to get him in."

He added: "What I like about Ryo is that he has good timing with his runs and understands when to go and where to go. That is something very important.

"He knows how to use his pace and he is an intelligent player.


"He is a boy who went straight from school football to professional football and straight away was the best player in Feyenoord."

Miyaichi has been called up to the Japanese Under-23 squad aiming to qualify for the 2012 Olympics, which could in turn boost his application with the Home Office.

Wenger continued: "He looks a very promising boy and everybody who went to watch him has been hugely impressed by him.

"Ryo is a character and a great football player."

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