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Ryo needs game time

Ryo needs game time (©GettyImages)
Ryo needs game time (©GettyImages).

Arsenal are renowned for their scouting system which has spanned every corner of the globe since Arsene Wenger's arrival to the club way back in 1996.

Last January Wenger turned his eye to the Far East for talent for the first time since Junichi Inamoto had an ill-fated spell during the 2001-02 season.

This time Ryo Miyaichi was the bright young thing signed for the future and joined the club from Chukyodai Chukyo High School back in his native Japan.

A year on from his signature and after an impressive initial loan at Dutch giants Feyenoord, 'Ryo' as he is known, has managed two Carling Cup appearances from the bench against Shrewsbury and Bolton.

With first-team opportunities limited and the likes of Gervinho, Theo Walcott, Andrey Arshavin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of him in Arsenal's pecking order on the flanks, the 19-year-old has plied much of his trade in Neil Banfield's reserve set up.

It would seem sensible for Arsenal to pursue another loan deal for Ryo to broaden his experiences in first team football.

Wenger has opted to take this route with a number of talented youngsters, notably Wellington Silva at Levante and Joel Campbell at Lorient.

Ryo's assets include his blistering pace and skilful wing play and even earned the nickname 'Ryodinho' by the Feyenoord fans last season. He usually operates from the left wing position and likes to cut inside on his right foot.

Wenger said of Ryo's current situation: "Will I get him to play somewhere or will he play for us? I have to make my mind up in the next three weeks."

Ryo was an unused substitue in last night's 1-0 FA Cup third round victory over Leeds United.

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