Asian stars make Arsenal impression

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Crisis? What crisis? Even those with the sharpest knife would struggle to pin anything on Arsene Wenger's side right now.

With seven wins from eight games, Arsenal are on the rise again, with even Manchester City looking up at the Gunners in the form table.

Tuesday's victory over Bolton Wanderers was the club's fourth on the spin, all without their form three; Robin Van Persie, Aaron Ramsey and Wojciech Szczesny.

It gave Wenger the opportunity to hand the likes of Andrey Arshavin, who hammered home the equaliser after Fabrice Muamba had temporarily given Bolton Wanderers a surprise lead, the chance to gain some form, while his new additions were given more time to settle in.

Striker Park Chu-Yong was one of those, and after receiving backing from his manager just days before, he struck the deceive blow just before the hour mark, curling home delightfully following Arshavin's threaded pass.

With his Arsenal career very much still in the starting blocks, his first goal for the club came at the ideal time for the South Korean.

"For me I am very pleased with his performance," Wenger said.

"He had a very, very good game. He has shown intelligence in his link play with others.

"The quality of his movement was exceptional and his finishing is absolutely fantastic. He has shown tonight that he is a very, very good player. He is ready to play in league games, yes.

Despite Arshavin's flash of panache, it was an evening built for the fringe players to shine. Nicholas Yennaris made his professional debut, Sebastien Squillaci his first appearance of the season while Oguzhan Ozyakup and Ryo Miyaichi followed-up their showings against Shrewsbury Town in the previous round with an additional cameo appearance.

Big things are expected of Miyaichi at the Emirates Stadium. The Japanese Under-19 international joined the club with comparisons to Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho already in his locker.

With pace to burn, it took brief appearances during the club's Asian tour to realise why Wenger signed the 18-year-old, but the Frenchman insists Miyaichi can provide so much more.

"Ryo is a guy with heart," Wenger said. "I don't think he played long enough and we were in a position where we had to defend more than we could attack. But you could see straight away that his heart, his determination and his pace in the game are big assets.

"He is like Oxlade-Chamberlain - they have to get used to the intensity of these games. When will he be ready? He just had one day training yesterday with the group because he was injured. He worked a lot with the fitness coach. I believe he will be ready at Christmas."

So often with Arsenal the phase 'the future looks bright' can be coined, but the way things are heading, the present is looking pretty positive as well.

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