Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he was immediately impressed by Japanese starlet Ryo Miyaichi and has hailed the winger's pace and movement on and off the ball.
The Gunners captured Miyaichi back in January 2011 after the youngster impressed when taking part in a Japan High School Soccer Tournament for Chukyodai Chukyo High School.
Miyaichi played for Arsenal in front of his home crowd yesterday and even got himself on the scoresheet after captain Mikel Arteta gave him the ball and allowed him to take a penalty, in which he lashed home to make it 2-0 to the English side.
The winger has yet to break into the first-team at Arsenal and has had loan spells away from the Emirates Stadium with Dutch side Feyenoord and Championship duo Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic.
Despite not breaking into the first-team, Wenger has admitted that he was impressed with Miyaichi from the get-go and was full of praise for the winger's pace and movement.
Speaking to Arsenal's official website he said: “I was personally impressed by his pace, his movement off the ball, his desire to go forward and take on defenders and as well by his fantastic attitude.
“I was convinced in the first session that Ryo deserved a chance. He has been a bit unlucky because he is not completely 100 per cent fit yet because he has been out with a long injury.
“He had a little knock back at the start of training but now it will take him two or three weeks maximum to be back to his best physically because he has done great work to repair. That's why he is at Arsenal.”
A couple of injuries has halted Miyaichi's development but he is hopeful that next season can be his best yet for Arsenal and hopes to play some part of the club's annual Emirates Cup, which takes place next weekend.
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