Coyle wants Arsenal starlet back

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Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle is hoping to re-negotiate the loan deal of Arsenal starlet Ryo Miyaichi and has already begun talks with his parent club.


Arsene Wenger predicted a bright future for Miyaichi at Emirates Stadium, but the Japanese winger’s chances at first team football with the Gunners are likely to be limited for some time.


Arsenal granted him a temporary move to the Trotters in January to help with his development and to gain valuable Premier League experience – Coyle is now keen to take him back for another season after his club’s relegation to the Championship.


“We’d love to have him back – he’s an exciting young player and that’s what we want for next year,” Coyle said in The Bolton News.


“I’ve had a discussion with Arsenal already and it’s only early days in the summer but we’ll see how that pans out.”


The spell at Bolton was the second time Arsenal have loaned out the 19-year-old since signing him in January last year.


As soon as the Gunners had secured his signature they sent him to Dutch club Feyenoord, as Miyaichi did not meet certain criteria for a UK work permit.


The club appealed under the exceptional talent rule and Japan Under-19 international was allowed to join the club last season.


Miyaichi made a good start to his time with Bolton, but fitness issues hindered his progression in the latter part of the deal. However, Coyle was delighted with him and explained he would be happy to have him back.


“Ryo certainly loved his time at the club,” he added.


“To be fair to the kid, he was trying to play through injuries in the last four or five games and I had to say to him ‘in order to be at your best, you have to be at your maximum fitness.’


“He had such a big heart that he wanted to play his part. We had to take him out of the firing line. If we could get him back with us again, then that would be great.”

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