Ryo could move permanently in January


Arsenal are open to the possibility of Ryo Miyaichi leaving the club on a permanent basis.

The Japanese winger has made 5 appearances this season, the last in the Capital One Cup defeat to Chelsea in October. While a loan move for this month has long been mooted, clubs across Europe have been made aware of his availability on a full transfer.

Miyaichi signed from his Japanese high school after impressing during a trial and signed a professional contract in January 2011.

He enjoyed a successful loan spell at Feyenoord in 2011, scoring three times for the Eredivisie outfit, and had a spell at Bolton, but last season struggled at Wigan due to injury making just 7 appearances for the Latics.

Arsenal’s willingness to let him go is down to increased competition in the wide areas where’s he’s competing with Walcott, Gnabry, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski and Cazorla, and lack of playing time has arrested his development.


    • Hindsight is a wonderful thing. I think a lot of supporters had high hopes for him. I know I did after his shpell at Feyendoord.

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      • There’s a huge difference between Ramsey and Ryo though. Aaron was playing regular-ish first team Premier League football almost straight away, Ryo has never done that.

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        • if think it’s a sign of times. and a good one, too. i guess in the past we would offer him much more time and opportunities, simply because of the thinness of our squad and Wenger’s grand scheme, among others. now we’re beginning to think more short-term, since we are able to, and it makes some prospects crossed out faster than before. this also explains why we’re not giving people like Frimpong as many opportunities as other young players had in the past.

          good luck to Ryo, he still might become a grand player.

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        • Aaron was also seizing his opportunities in the first team and showing glimpses of the player he could be early on, which Ryo hasn’t done as yet.

          Could still be a great player but perhaps its best he departs to get the playing time he needs so he can develop and fulfill the potential that Arsene saw in him.

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    • How was that even close to obvious when he was signed? To me he seemed like a potential world-beater when he was signed. He had/has great pace, trickery, and at least reasonably decent shooting ability. It’s unfortunate that he hasn’t developed in the way that we hoped, but that’s life in professional football.

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    • Must be great to have a crystal ball.

      If we never took a chance on players that might not make it, I can think of some players we might not have signed:

      DB10 (considered a flop after his spell in italy)
      Kanu (career in doubt after long term injury)
      Overmars (career in doubt after long term injury)
      Thierry Henry (considered an average at best winger at juve)
      Cesc (just some kid, who knows if a kid will ever make it or not).

      We can’t take the chances that turn into people like that without accepting that some of them will end up like Ryo. I for one hope he leaves the club and does well somewhere more appropriate for his level… and that we get a big cut of any future fees if he does make it big someday!

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        • Yes i agree total marketing excersize. I mean when have Arsenal ever signed a young player, and tried to develop him? What a great marketing tool he was, spending 18 months of his Arsenal Career playing for other clubs in the same league, and half a year playing in another country.

          Considering all the “Asian lucky superstitions” bollocks that has been coming out of the mouth of some of the Asian owners (Tan, Venky’s etc), I’m real glad that the marketing team found a way to market a youngster in a few friendlies, than the rest of the club, who play week in week out, in the most exposed league in the world.

          I really hope you dont work in marketing….

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        • No, I doubt it was marketing exercise. He’s not Kesuike Honda, Wenger probably has a good knowledge of Japanese football, Ryo was an unknown kid straight from his high school team who was highly rated by scouts. I can’t say for sure how good his is/can be/is not because I haven’t seen him play very much, it’s just that now is not the time to give a young guy so raw a run in the team, when he clearly lacks the maturity (football-wise) of Gnabry. I don’t see Wenger saying, “That face! I must sign that cute face. He reminds me of a Japanese JLS. Think of the Kyoto girls who will buy our shirts! I love it, I love it!”.

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    • He has been plagued by injuries for the last two years–first, when he was on loan at Bolton during their losing battle against relegation, and then long-term ones when he was at Wigan. While at Bolton, if I recall correctly, he was even named player of the month.

      This was a crucial time for his career in England. He definitely had potential, but injuries and his slight build didn’t do him any favors. He needed to be playing every week, but the injuries gods said “no.”

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  1. Shame really. He’s a really useful super-sub in FIFA purely for his pace. Though his loss might be mitigated if they actually rate Gnabry properly. There’s no way his sprint speed is only 77.

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  2. I actually saw Ryo play while he was at Feyenoord when I was visiting my uncle in Rotterdam. He played well, was very dangerous and was behind a lot of their best work in a 6-1 win (they actually went 1 nil down, if anyone cares). I was excited to see his potential and my uncle said he was a firm fan favourite but itโ€™s interesting to see that as a teenager he could perform like that in Holland, while heโ€™s always been on the periphery of every game at Arsenal, even as heโ€™s matured. A less physically demanding league may see him flourish as thereโ€™s definite potential there.

    Best of luck young man.

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    • I acutally just looked that game up, big lamo that I am. He scored twice and set up another 2 in a win against Willem II. Given his struggles since, it may just have been a case of “William, it was really nothing”

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    • I don’t think he did have a successful loan spell at Bolton. He was hugely promising and full of confidence at Feyernoord but Bolton was where his progress started to falter – not altogether surprisingly, imo, as Bolton’s style under Coyle and the style in the Championship in general didn’t suit him that well. He’s not a tough-tackler like Wilshire who thrived under that regime, and a lot of Bolton fans dismissed him as flimsy and useless, all of which must have undermined his confidence. He was loved in the Netherlands by both fans and his team-mates. Ajax wanted to take him on loan but it wasn’t possible at the time because he’d have lost his home-grown status. Hopefully they or some good Dutch club will now take him and he’ll recover his form. I wish him all the best. He’s a very likeable, hardworking player who deserves a successful career.

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  3. Had the potential, looked great when playing in Holland. Might just be a case of being too light weight for the Prem. But it does open up space for a Draxler type of player.

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  4. I trust Wenger to make the right call on this one. I like Ryo, he has blinding pace, and I hope he has a long and successful career somewhere. But I think anybody would reasonably conclude that there are doubts that he can cope physically with English football. He’s already 21, but he physique just isn’t there.

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    • Disagree about physique, he has the right height and all he needs to do is to bulk up and get more playing time, which he unfortunately isn’t going to get here. Shame because the injury to Walcott should’ve opened the door for him, we’re missing a player who can provide width and he looks like he could’ve been such a player.

      Crying shame, I really was hoping he’d make it. Also, what’s the source of this information?

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    • Are you talking about Gazza?

      NB This is a joke and as such, should not be taken seriously as it’s very sad what’s happened to him.

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  5. I get the feeling he moved to the premier league too early in his development and would do well in a slightly slower league like the Eredivisie, where you’re judged on technical ability rather than fast, direct play and have time to develop (I mean look at the Ajax players of past and present)

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  6. Sad to see how injures have plagued his career so far and if all the Draxler rumours are to be believed then it makes total sense that we would be looking to offload Ryo

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  7. I trust wenger to make the right call. At the end of the day im all for great prospects and having talented youngsters. But were in a title race. If i had to choose right now between keeping miyaichi or signing draxler or playing gnabry/ox, the latter all day long.

    Draxler proved he can cut it in bundesliga and the others have proved they can contribute when asked. Everytime ive seen ryo play he seems intimidated by defenders. That may be an unfair conclusion based on his playing time but such is the pressure of the EPL you have to hit the ground running. I personally hope for a loan deal or a transfer with a buy back clause. Gd luck Ryo

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  8. Couldn’t get past a single chelsea player? Go youtube and find the video that he raped past chelsea defenders when he played for bolton.

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  9. I think it would be a big mistake to let this kid go. He could be a future world beater with abit of patience and trust

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  10. An entire article based on a single line and no quotes. Look at yourself before you accuse the likes of tribalfootball for click whoring next time.

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    • What quotes do you want? The information is solid. It’s not as if someone at Arsenal is going go on record and say ‘Yes, we’re willing to let him go’.

      Believe what you want but we don’t run stories like this without checking first. He is available for permanent transfer if the right offer comes in and other clubs have been alerted to that.

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      • If your sources aren’t articles, then personally I would prefer it if you said something along the lines of “according to our sources close to/in the club, who have given us reliable information before…”, rather than not saying anything at all. It’s just that I’d like to know where you get the info for your articles, that’s all.

        I don’t mean to be sour or ungrateful at all, this is a very good blog, just a small suggestion on something you can consider.

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        • ‘Arseblog News understands …’

          I just assume that people who read the site are intelligent enough to read and understand what we write without that kind of clarification.

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        • I must be blind as well as stupid because I can’t see that phrase anywhere. And even if it was there, it doesn’t change anything for me, “Arseblog understands…” can mean anything as far as I’m concerned. No really, I don’t see how that phrase is equivalent to the one I gave above. I was being cordial and quite gentlemanly, I feel, so I don’t think your reply merited an insult because of a suggestion for a minor improvement.

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        • I was suggesting that as the kind of phrase people use when they try to make it clear they’ve got information from a source. ‘BBC understands’, ‘Sky Sports News understands …’

          It’s kind of cliched. And I’m sorry you took that as an insult, it wasn’t meant to be! My point was that regular readers would know that when we post something like it comes from a decent source, so there’s no need for us to be so explicit about it.

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        • No harm done, good fellow. Now don’t hang me for another suggestion (j/k), but maybe you can put a short message on the Arseblog News home page explaining that, or make a template with that in it for your news stories (sorry I’m not a geek, I don’t know if that makes sense). Thanks.

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  11. I am actually surprised he didn’t go in the summer and remember then saying that physically he didn’t seem to be improving.

    If you consider he is 3 yrs older than Gnabry who is already at a higher level and will now start in front of him

    Shame, but then they can’t all make it and if he stays he will restrict the development of a younger talent that will be looking to step up

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  12. Yeah i’ve never really seen what people see in him apart from oh he’s very fast, he was never gonna make it at this level not for me anyway. The dutch league is a whole lot of different to this premier league bad boy.

    Not all stories can be fairy tales. good luck Miyaichi.

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  13. Nooooooooooooooooo ๐Ÿ™

    Such potential there was when he was at Bolton. I remember seeing him destroy Chelsea (?) defences with his pace. The realist in me does recognise that so many players are ahead of him though.

    My heart hope he stays and becomes integral to the first team but my brain understands the decision.

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    • Absolutely correct. He was very good at Feyenoord. He tormented Ivanovic when he played for wigan against chelsea. He has got it all to make it. But too many players blocking his progress at Arsenal .He should move to a team where he can get regular football at this age.

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  14. He may well be a late developer but he’s nowhere near the finished article and looks very far from good enough for the time being, good luck to the lad though

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    • Or has it occurred to you that only the very best make it? Gnabry is being blooded and looks a far more complete player than Ryo despite being 2(?) years younger.

      Miyaichi was given loans at Bolton and Wigan โ€“ teams with managers who like to play football โ€“ and he didn’t really make an impact in either situation. He had to given time in English football to develop and for various reasons he hasn’t.

      It’s hardly down to Wenger mishandling him. Good luck to the lad if he goes, but he’s nowhere near ready for this Arsenal team right now.

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      • Not sure “only the very best make it.” You got players with very different qualities that aren’t comensurable and don’t develop at the same rates. Not saying Crimson is right, because Wenger picked good clubs to send him to. Developing players is just a huge problem. We make a lot of gambles getting players that aren’t ready in order to compete with clubs who buy established talent. They end up sitting on the bench. Or they end up on the bench at the clubs you loan them too who would rather develop the players they have contracts with. Or they end up on loan and hurt themselves. In retrospect you can say “best” (e.g. Gnabry is a better player) but there is lot of contingency up to that point. I just hope he gets playing time somewhere and does well. Looked killer at times.

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  15. Still when you considered some of our best players in our past did not come to their prominence till their late 20’s (Wright, Henry, Gilberto) it is still early to write Ryo off. Other players that developed late in to their 20’s include Drogba, Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose. Ryo has a lot to improve before he can make it but has shown flashes of potential.

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  16. I was hoping Ryo would make it at the club but he’s miles behind the likes of Gnabry and Oxlade-Chamberlain let alone our regular first team players. He will of course get better in the future and I’m sure he will have a decent career ahead of him but he’s not as Wenger would say ‘top, top quality’.

    Good luck to the lad wherever he ends up.

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  17. Here’s a test: buy a portfolio of 25 stocks today, and then report back in a year’s time on whether you achieved a 100% success with each purchase. That is inherently easier than acquiring footballers since there is a lot more available information. This is just directed at all the folks pontificating with hindsight on all the bad decisions Arsenal (and really, all other clubs as well) make.

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  18. Too bad. Hoped he would be able to show what he could do. The loans didn’t seem to pan out, injuries seemed to hold him back frequently, and now we have an established troop of wingers. Best of luck to Ryo where ever he goes.

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  19. Bit gutted to see him go if he does go of course. Had high hopes for him and he’s quick as fuck on FIFA! Lol
    If he goes I hope he doesn’t become great at another club from a selfish point of view because maybe a bit of patience from him and the club and he could make it eventually.

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  20. El’ Miyaichi
    Japanese midfielder prime suspect in Mexican bar shoot-out. Last seen carrying guitar case full of guns.

    (Thought I’d get that in there while he’s still one of ours)

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  21. I hope he doesn’t go permanently. I thought he just needed a decent loan move. Somewhere like Hull or Cardiff would be good for him, where he would get game time, and with it a chance to progress.
    Obviously our squad is looking really solid at the moment and it’s going to be very difficult for him to get a chance just now.

    With his pace though, if he could learn to finish, which may take some time, he could be an ideal replacement for Theo if he has another lengthy spell out.

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  22. Does anybody think Jordan Rhodes could make it in the Premiership? Blackburn have got FFP problems and might be looking to offload him to balance the books. With Wenger’s tutelage, could he possibly become a striker for us? Seems to be a lot of potential there.

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    • Was talking to a mate the other day about this – there must be something about him that is putting clubs off. He seems to be fairly prolific wherever he plays so it seems strange that he isnt being linked to anyone

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  23. they should have put him on creatine , whey protein, PEDs and bulked him. Look how Ronaldo and Bale have physically transformed themselves to get to a higher level!

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  24. The battle for Ryo was always with Gnabry and Campbell. He has fallen way behind those players in far as playing time and development.
    Hopefully he can form a decent career and make Arsenal regret losing him

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  25. Injury problems and by the looks of him, to little protein in his diet ruined his chances at Arsenal and PL football. But if he stays fit and move to a less physical league, im sure he will do just fine. Best of luck Ryo! Maybe we will meet again in the Champions League down the Line some time.

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  26. If this is true and he does go, I wish him all the best. Really hoped he would make it here at Arsenal and had high hopes for him. Can appreciate there’s many people ahead of him in the pecking order and he probably won’t get enough time here to fully develop.

    Good luck Ryo!

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  27. Really hoped he goes on and do well. Great potential in the lad, but that year out at Wigan cost him.

    Some silly folks with short memories felt he did badly at Bolton. Wrong! He was even Player of the Month for them.

    Always looked dangerous when operating on the right wing for them.

    Still I agree that we need to let him go, he is a non-EU for starters and he is never going to develop sitting on our bench.

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  28. As someone who comes from Asia, I long for the day where I’ll be able to see an Asian player succeed at Arsenal.

    So far the club’s record with Asian players have been far from eye-catching.

    Junici Inamoto
    Park Chu-Young
    Ryo (who looked the most promising of the lot, but is dangerously close to seeing his Arsenal career peter out)

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