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Arsenal Sign 18 year-old Japanese Striker Ryo Miyaichi

Ryo Miyaichi

Arsenal have confirmed that Ryo Miyaichi, an 18 year-old Japanese striker who impressed during a trial for the London club, will join them in the new year. He was offered a contract by Arsenal at the end of August 2010, but he has now officially agreed to join the club, which is exciting news for Arsenal as he has been compared to former Manchester United winger/striker, Cristiano Ronaldo – in terms of ability.

Arsène Wenger said:

“I am delighted Ryo will be joining us in the New Year.

“He trialled with us in the summer and has raw ability which has attracted many clubs around the world.

“I look forward to helping him fulfil his potential here at Arsenal.”

The player broke his leg during a trial with Ajax after his stint with Arsenal, but is expected to make  full recovery before he joins up with his new Arsenal team mates in January 2011.

He does look pretty impressive in the video below. He isn’t afraid to run with the ball at his feet, and his ability to get around defenders is very good – although the quality of the defenders he is running around is another matter. However, if there is anyone that knows about young players and how to turn them into world class stars, its Arsene Wenger, and I will be looking forward to seeing this young player setting the Premier League on fire next season.



  1. venky

    December 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    does he go straight to first team?,anybody has any idea?

  2. DAF

    December 18, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    My son and I met him after seeing him play for an Arsenal XI v AFC Wimbledon in August. The Arsenal team included Wellington Silva (looked very raw) and Kyle Bartley (looked the real deal).

    Ryo reminded me of Overmars. He was quick and dribbled really well but he was up against a big burly left back in Blackwood. Ryo is T I N Y (quelle surprise) but looked very skillful. He was withdrawn early in the second half. Charming bloke, charming family, just very young and also very raw.

    No way ready for the first team for at least season or two!

  3. Klems shyma

    December 18, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Rio would justify where he actually belongs in january.wenger sure knows when to shout,get in there n tel them u re not a fluke.

  4. smiley

    December 18, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Has done well at school level in Japan and certainly a great prospect but how will he get a work permit? Not played for senior national team and far from the 75% of the last 2 years national team matches…..

  5. Anifowoshe sodiq alao

    December 18, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Rio will tell d people were he belong, but 4 me i believe in him 90% n am sure of his abilities

  6. Pontus

    December 19, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Doesn’t surprise me that it’s an offensive signing and not a defensive signing. Just sayin!

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