Arsenal wing starlet Ryo Miyaichi thinks he has made massive improvements since his move to the Gunners.

 

The 19-year-old has been tipped for great things at Emirates Stadium by manager Arsene Wenger, but has yet to make a real impact on the first team.

 

Miyaichi is not worried about a lack of first team football – he has made just two appearances – and will carry on working hard in an attempt to change Wenger’s mind over selection.

 

“I think I've made big strides. Once you come to a big club, you can't walk into the team - I have to work hard every day so that I can play well in the future,” he told Arsenal Player.

“Even so during training, being able to practise alongside superstars can only be a good thing. It’s important to try to get noticed.

“All I can do is believe in myself and work hard. Otherwise it's up to the boss so I'll just do what I can.”

 

The Japan Under-19 international joined the north London club in 2011 after leaving high school in Japan.

 

He immediately went out on loan to Dutch side Feyenoord in the Eredivisie due to him likely being unable to attain a work permit in the UK.

 

A successful spell in Holland for Miyaichi resulted in him receiving the popular moniker ‘Ryodinho’ after fans likened him to Brazilian Ronaldinho.

 

He returned to Arsenal at the beginning of this season and secured a work permit under the ‘exceptional talent’ rule.

 

Carling Cup games against Shrewsbury Town and Bolton Wanderers were his only two competitive appearances this season.

 

Wenger has previously suggested Miyaichi will be used more as the season goes on and with Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh absent for Africa Cup of Nations, added to the poor form of Andrei Arshavin and Theo Walcott, he may get an opportunity to shine.

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