Although he has only been an Arsenal player for a relatively short period of time, Ryo Miyaichi already has quite a reputation.

Having put pen to paper at the Emirates Stadium in January, the 18-year-old was immediately sent out on loan to Dutch outfit Feyenoord, where he proved to be an instant hit with both the fans and the press.

When describing Miyaichi, the former drew comparisons with former Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho - quite an accolade indeed for the Japanese attacker.

But Miyaichi is level headed enough, and realises there is a long way to go in his career before he can seriously consider himself in the same mould as the Brazilian playmaker.

"I believe [the fans] compared me to Ronaldinho but I can’t be compared to him, there needs to be a lot of hard work in order for me to catch up with and overtake him," Miyaichi told Arsenal Player.

Despite fears that he would not be granted a work permit this season, Miyaichi has received the relevant clearance to make his bow in the Arsenal first-team.

And the teenager can't wait to realise a long-held ambition and make his mark on the Barclays Premier League.


"Since I decided to become a football player I always dreamed of playing in a team abroad," explained Miyaichi.

"I am pleased but I have just started and I’ve done nothing yet so I should keep my feet on the ground and work hard."

He added: "Arsenal is a club loved by people around the world so I am proud to be a part of this team.

"I also want to be a player loved by the Arsenal fans, I will work hard so please support me."

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