While there has been much debate over Jack Wilshere’s potential involvement with ‘Team GB’ for this summer’s Olympic football tournament, there are other Arsenal players who may end up involved.
Both Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs have been tipped for Stuart Pearce’s side while today it has emerged that Ryo Miyaichi is set to take part.
The Technical Committee of the Japanese Football Association will today furnish clubs with the necessary documentation asking them to release players for the tournament.
Miyacihi, currently on loan at Bolton, is unlikely to face the kind of opposition from Arsene Wenger he feels toward Jack Wilshere’s involvement. As he’s still learning the game this could prove to be a useful learning experience for him.
Since joining Bolton on loan in January, the Japanese winger has made 12 appearances for the struggling Trotters but gained plaudits from Owen Coyle for his performances.
“He shows unbelievable quality,” said Coyle. “He’s brave and he’s got an unbelievable temperament about him. I am just excited by everything. He continues to grow, develop and I believe he will have a big impact in his remaining games.”
His loan spell looks to have been a successful one but even that would only put him on the fringes of the Arsenal first team squad, therefore his Olympic call-up wouldn’t impact on our pre-season preparations too greatly.