Robin Van Persie expects Ryo Miyaichi to have a long and successful Arsenal career, amid reports the teenage winger is a target for Celtic.

The 18-year-old is considered as one of the most exciting talents to have emerged from Japan in recent memory, and Gunners supporters are eagerly anticipating what sort of impact he will have at the Emirates Stadium.

'Ryo' was handed his Arsenal debut on Tuesday night - making a cameo appearance against Shrewsbury - and displayed glimpses of the immense quality he has to offer.

However, first-team opportunities are likely to be restricted for the youngster this season, and leaving Arsenal in short-term could prove a huge benefit.

Celtic are said to be keen to offer Ryo an opportunity to further is development, and Neil Lennon will attempt to bring the attacking midfielder to Celtic Park during the new year.

Asian players have a history of thriving in the SPL, with Ryo's compatriot Shunsuke Nakamura a former Scottish Professional Footballers' Association's player of the year during his time with Celtic.

Meanwhile, Van Persie has been waxing lyrical about Ryo, and is can't wait to see if his Arsenal teammate can fulfil his potential.


"I think he is a fantastic guy. If you see how he plays and just look at his body language, everything tells you he is having fun," said the Arsenal captain.

"He loves life, loves playing football and is just a good kid.

"I am 100 per cent sure he will have a nice, long career at Arsenal because he has everything in him to be a fans' favourite.

"He is a positive guy, he wants to work, has good technique, he can dribble and has everything that a fan is looking for. I am really looking forward to seeing him play tomorrow."

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