Arsenal have been handed a major boost just days before the start of the coming season, with winger Ryo Miyaichi granted a work permit to play for the Gunners.
The Japanese starlet signed at the Emirates in January, but was immediately loaned out to Eredivisie outfit Feyenoord to gain first team experience in European football.
Arsene Wenger attended an FA panel hearing at Wembley yesterday afternoon, and after hearing from both the Frenchman and the Japanese Football Association, who sent a glowing testimonial of the 18-year-old, it was decided a permit would be granted on the grounds that Miyaichi is 'an exceptional talent'.
“We are absolutely delighted that Ryo has been granted a work permit. This is almost like a new signing for us, as we weren’t completely sure we would be given the authorisation," the manager told the official Arsenal website after the decision was made.
"Ryo has worked extremely hard in pre-season and performed very well during the matches in Asia, Germany and Portugal. He has natural technical ability, good balance and phenomenal pace, and his passing and crossing is consistently of a high quality.
"He is a very exciting player. He had a successful time with Feyenoord in the Netherlands last season, who gave him the opportunity to play regularly, and we’re looking forward to his contribution this coming season with Arsenal.”
The former Chūkyōdai Chūkyō High School starlet will be available for the Gunners as soon as the relevant paperwork is completed, with the youngster expected to provide Wenger with another option ahead of the Newcastle clash this weekend.
After the addition of Southampton speedster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain earlier in the week, the attacking future looks increasingly bright at the Emirates with 'veterans' Theo Walcott, Samir Nasri and Gervinho also vying for places in the wide areas.