What has happened to Ryo Miyaichi? by AH
Miyaichi was promised to be something special by Wenger when we signed him to professional terms back in January 2011. Wenger said; “We’re delighted that Ryo Miyaichi has joined us. He trialled with us in the summer and has raw ability which has attracted many clubs around the world.” Two years on and he still is known as a prodigy.
Now, admittedly the 20 year old has spent his time out on loan for the majority of the time he has been with the club. When he signed, Ryo went straight on loan to Dutch club Feyenoord, where he impressed in all the games he played in his time at the club. At the end of the 2010-2011 season he had made 12 appearances in the Dutch league and scoring 3 goals and gaining numerous assists, which is an impressive tally for a player who was playing for his Japanese High school team just 6 months previous.
Miyaichi returned to Arsenal in the summer and was included in the Arsenal first team pre-season tour. He impressed and made 2 appearances in the league cup before being loaned out to a struggling Bolton Wanderers side in January 2012. He made 12 league appearances and although he didn’t manage to open his goal scoring tally in the premier league, he proved vital in Bolton’s campaign to stay in the top flight.
Now he is currently on loan at Wigan and unfortunately isn’t getting much game time. He has been out injured a few weeks back however with just 5 appearances (2 which have been in the cup competitions) under his belt its strange to see why he isn’t being included in Roberto Martinez’s side. The last we properly saw of him was at Bolton, and honestly we haven’t seen or heard much at all about his performances at Wigan. It cannot be a fitness issue or a personal issue, such as a problem with the management staff because he often features on the Wigan bench. So why is he being wasted at Wigan?
I think if it’s possible Arsenal should look to bring Miyaichi back from Wigan and loan him out to a lower league side because it’s clear to everyone he is being severely underused at Wigan and sitting on the bench doesn’t help your development as a player at all – especially at his age, when he should be gaining experience and building on his physical ability. An early return may not be possible unless Arsenal pay a clause release fee, however providing it isn’t too much, I think we should pay and recall him because the Japanese star has clear talent and it would be such a shame for him not to make it at Arsenal because he missed out on almost a whole season worth of football.
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