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May 19, 2011

Miyaichi under Wenger microscope

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been pleased with the progress of on-loan teenager Ryo Miyaichi and will monitor the Japanese striker in pre-season to assess if he is ready to step up to the first team.

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Miyaichi, 18, was loaned to Feyenoord after signing a long-term deal with the Gunners in January, and he has impressed in his four months in the Eredivisie.

The youngster is set to return to Arsenal for pre-season training and Wenger has revealed the club are considering applying for a work permit for Miyaichi ahead of the 2011-2012 campaign, though early indications are that he may miss out.

"I have only [heard] positive reports about him. He will be with us in pre-season,'' Wenger said. "I think he is good enough, but if he is ready enough to have a place in our team, we will ask for a work permit and try to get him in.

"What I like about Ryo is that he has good timing with his runs and understands when to go and where to go. That is something very important. He knows how to use his pace and he is an intelligent player.

"He is a boy who went straight from school football to professional football and straight away was the best player in Feyenoord.''

Miyaichi has been called up to the Japanese Under-23 squad aiming to qualify for the 2012 Olympics, which could in turn boost his application with the Home Office.

Wenger added: "He looks a very promising boy and everybody who went to watch him has been hugely impressed by him. Ryo is a character and a great football player.''

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