Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that Japanese starlet Rio Miyaichi will be a part of his plans next season.
The Frenchman has been inactive in the transfer market this summer with Yaya Sanogo the only arrival so far.
The French U21 has been billed as a player for the future, but this has left many Gunners fans concerned with the lack of experienced pros for the upcoming season.
But Arsene Wenger sees Rio Miyaichi as the perfect player to slot into the Gunners starting eleven next season.
The one-time Japanese international has featured only twice in the Gunners first team, having spent time on loan at Bolton Wanderers, Feyenoord and Wigan Athletic in the past three seasons.
The 20-year-old is currently recovering from a rib injury, but with Wenger refusing to trim his squad any further, Miyaichi could soon see himself featuring regularly in the starting eleven next season.
Wenger, when speaking to reporters, confirmed that Miyaichi will not be leaving this summer.
"No, not at the moment, he is injured. He should come back into full training next week, and at the moment we are not on the way to give more players out.
"If you want to exist at the top level, you need to be consistently fit."
"That is the next step for Ryo, to be every day in training and show how good he is. Usually the body stabilises around 21 and adapts to the sport or not, so it is a vital age for him now," added Wenger.
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