Arsenal’s 19-year-old Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi is heading out on loan again this year to a fellow Premier League club. He spent six months last season with Bolton and he’ll be joining Wigan this year on a season-long deal. Wigan has also signed Aberdeen’s Fraser Fyvie and Real Mallorca’s Ivan Ramis so far this summer.
Miyaichi was left off of Japan’s Olympic team this summer and it looks like they paid for it as they lost 2-0 to South Korea in the bronze-medal game. It would have been a good experience for a player of his age to have taken part in the Games. He’s played in all of Arsenal’s pre-season games, but manager Arsene Wenger felt it would be a good idea for him to play more regularly with Wigan than to train with his stars and sit on the bench at the Emirates.
However, that’s a key point. If he’s not playing regularly he should be staying with Arsenal to train with better players than at Wigan. If he gets regular playing time at Wigan that’s another story though. Hopefully Wenger has had the sense to put a clause in the contract that will enable him to recall the speedy winger if Arsenal runs into injury problems.
Miyaichi joined Arsenal last year after impressing Wenger during a trial the year before. Wenger loaned him out to Dutch club Feyenoord the first year and the teenager scored three goals in a dozen games for them. He played a few games in the League Cup last season and then headed to Bolton during the January transfer window. He started off well with Bolton and scored no goals in 12 games, but managed one in an FA Cup match. He was also Bolton’s player of the month in February and made his debut for Japan’s senior side in May.
This kid has all of the tools to be the real deal and hopefully Roberto Martinez will have the sense to play him regularly as a starter