Arsene Wenger has hinted that Japanese youngster Ryo Miyaichi will feature in the Arsenal squad for the first time next season, after the winger starred for Feyenoord on loan this year.
Miyaichi, dubbed by Dutch media the new Cristiano Ronaldo, made 12 appearances for Feyenoord since Arsenal purchased the 18-year-old in January.
While Wenger had reportedly been planning to send the starlet back to Holland next season, the Gunners manager has changed his mind and will be bringing the Japanese Under 19 international back to the Emirates this summer, work permit allowing.
"My plan is to get a work permit for him and to put him on the pitch for Arsenal," Wenger told the official Arsenal website.
Miyaichi looks set to be another youngster who will benefit from Wenger’s youth policy next season with the London club, and the manager believes that Miyaichi has gained enough experience in European football to make his start in an Arsenal shirt.
But one of the downsides to having internationally renowned starlets is the continual call-ups to represent their country, and Miyiachi has been invited to play in the Japan Under 22 squad. Wenger couldn’t help but express frustration at having to allow the youngster to leave.
"We have now in football the Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, Under-19, Under-20, Under-21, Under-22…soon we will create the Under-60 and we'll have to let the players go," Wenger said.
"I think at some stage the clubs should be within their rights to use their players because these competitions are organised when the season is already started. I think we have to become serious. Players under 20? You take our midfield from yesterday. Frimpong is 19, Ramsey is 20, and Wilshere is 19.
"They can now play in the World Cup Under 20, so we could be in a situation where we could lose our players and cannot even field our midfield.
“That's where people inside the club raise questions about how we can continue to give a chance to young players if during the season they go away with the national teams."
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