Arsenal starlet Ryo Miyaichi admits he’s hanging on every word that comes his way from manager Arsene Wenger, as he fights to become a first team regular in north London.
The 20-year-old Japanese forward arrived at the Emirates Stadium back in January 2011, with the Gunners beating a number of clubs to the player’s signature.
A subsequent loan move to PSV Eindhoven got the supporters’ pulses racing on the north bank, as word spread back to the English capital that the winger was finding form in the Eredivisie.
Bolton Wanderers offered the player his next opportunity, but he failed to find the form that grabbed the headlines in Holland, and a spell with Wigan the following year was hampered by injury.
However, the two-cap international appears back to his best after returning to Arsenal in the summer, and he admits that the faith shown in him by Wenger is one of the reasons he's starting to show his best form.
"I do try my best not to miss a single word the coach says," Miyaichi told Arsenal Player.
"I'm always thinking towards how to improve, how I can learn from him and really just trying to enjoy every single moment.
"Having been given a few chances this season it's been a great experience. With the team in really good form there's also a great atmosphere in training, in which I have a lot to gain, so I'm really enjoying every single day."
The winger is well aware that injuries are his best avenue into the starting line-up, and if the opportunities arise he's ready to grab them with both hands.
However, Miyaichi isn't foolish enough to think that he's already the finished article, and he's looking to work on a couple of key areas in training to make him an all-round better player.
"With so many injuries swinging my way in the last few months, I shall be trying to grab those chances. But really, as I said before, it's just about doing all that I can through daily practice and focusing on the day-to-day training," he concluded.
"I need to improve my strengths through daily training and really focusing on getting all the little movements and actions correct in the way I play."