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Miyachi’s signing a little strange for me

It was a really boring weekend. I thought I would have the double pleasure of watching the Gunners trample all over Stoke City and return to the top of the Premiership. Both events did not happened due to the big freeze currently sweeping over England and most of Europe now.

Past few days have been dominated by the signing of young Japanese starlet Ryo Miyachi. I have not personally watched this guy play but isn’t being 18 years of age a little too old to join the academy? When we have players like Wishere, Ramsey and Walcott all starting their first team careers at that age, why is it that we are bringing an untested player in at that age? Don’t get me wrong I love that Arsene has signed an Asian player but I do hope it is not for commercial reasons. Anyone remember Junichi Inamoto?

If I am not wrong, there is another player coming in during the January window who is about that age, Wellington Silva. This guy though is a proven player in the Brazilian league so the situation is a little different, and he will be loaned out due to failing to get a UK work permit. I am just a little perplexed with the Miyachi signing. Anyways, I wish him all the best in his Arsenal career.

Submitted by The Arsenal Kid.

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Homer

    December 20, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I have seen this Guy play and he definitely is an Awesome talent. His ball control , his pace n trickery is a Class. I hope he is a very Big success in Arsenal.

    Arsenal has worked in Japan and knows a thing or two about Japanese football.. A big Club like Arsenal can`t afford to compromise on their Football just for the sake of some Marketing gimmick.

    The Asian Players have started to make an impact in the Premier League. (Don`t u rem the recent dig from Park) I wouldn`t want to cast any doubt over their talent and Ability.

  2. Homer

    December 20, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I have seen this Guy play and he definitely is an Awesome talent. His ball control , his pace n trickery is a Class. I hope he is a very Big success in Arsenal.

    Arsene has worked in Japan and knows a thing or two about Japanese football.. A big Club like Arsenal can`t afford to compromise on their Football just for the sake of some Marketing gimmick.

    The Asian Players have started to make an impact in the Premier League. (Don`t u rem the recent dig from Park) I wouldn`t want to cast any doubt over their talent and Ability.

  3. t.pan

    December 20, 2010 at 9:34 am

    why is it strange…we have tapped into the asian money market.how many millions there will start to watch arsenal now, buy shirts etcccc. its a business deal no more

  4. Homer

    December 20, 2010 at 9:36 am

    @t.pan
    Do u remember Park Kicking Arsenal`s Ass last week??
    I don`t think that was part of the Business deal to get into Asian Market ???

    • freudian

      December 20, 2010 at 6:47 pm

      it was a marketing ploy actually but he is a decent player also- nothing flash but an honest player with a never say die attitude- bit like the rest of man us midfield really

  5. wow

    December 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

    i’d agree with homer on this one.

    he has speed and skill, why not?

    at 18, he has a lot of time to not only catch up, but learn and grow a ton.

  6. guest

    December 20, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Should add Honda to the list to make perfect sense,rid off Denilson and Diaby to make space.

  7. brian

    December 20, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Maybe 18 is not too old to join.Apart from Wilshere and possibly Gibbs I can’t think of anybody from our much vaunted academy who has actually made it having started with us at a very early age.

  8. frankie frankie

    December 20, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I think it is a little bit of both. Wenger has said before that the Asian market is a financial gold mine so having an asian player is a good asset for the club. However there is obviously something about this kid. He was being offered to a few clubs before us and after his trail with us he had a trial at Ajax so someone at Arsenal either wenger or brady has seen something in him that would suggest he is just as good as some of the youngsters we have. I dont expect this guy to be part of the first team any time soon but you never know these days.

    I do however think there might be another reason to this. My company did some work in south africa during the world cup and a few of my colleagues got to meet arsene wenger when he came to visit. He told one of my colleagues that the only player he was impressed by was Honda. His name has been linked for a move to a bigger european club for a while and with CSKA saying now that they are willing to sell, I would not be suprised if Honda turned up at the Emirates in Jan or next June. with Ryo being used by the club to help him settle in England.

  9. Artic Gooner

    December 20, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Only thing strange here is this post when you admit to not seeing the young lad play. You dont even know his position. He’s a winger/striker and will put pressure on Walcott and Vela to continue developing.

    Following blogs like Young Guns I know Miyachi was hugely impressive during his trail. He played on either wing like Wellington Silva. He comes on the cheap and will be a bargain even if he flops and is sold on for a higher price.

  10. Kerresh

    December 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I hope he comes good.I would love 2 have a jap.

  11. ruelando

    December 21, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Really a good buy, very skilled and from the videos seen actually display a lot of skill and pace, i think also good for the arsenal market in asia, i think he will fit nicely with our young brigade and in the coming years could be a starter
    Any one know how frimpong doing

  12. juanizy

    December 22, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    hope his good.

  13. billy

    December 31, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    He is a very good player , I think he will quickly be joining the big boys or be loaned out rather than fade in the reserves as he is a little to old for that.

    However it is not strange at all. He’s pretty intelligent for his age and probably the fastest and most skillful 18 year old I have ever seen. His 100m is nearly as quick as Walcotts and most players hit their peak sprint speeds at around 25ish…

    Walcott was slower than this fella when he was the same age and in my oppinion he has better ball controll now than Walcott EVER had.

    Dont judge his transfer by his nationality, he packs immense tallent. If you haven’t seen him play stfu.

  14. Femi

    May 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    When you watch the kid play, you’ll have no doubts as to the potential Wenger see’s in him.

    Even as a Man Utd fan it’s plain to see he’s a terrifically intelligent player. He mixes great pace, used very economically, with flashes of brilliant skill.

    And based on the way he talks about football in the interview he did for J-League Soccer, I’m betting he’s got a bright future at the top level.

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