Dutch side Feyenoord have confirmed that they are analysing the possibility of taking Ryo Miyaichi on a second loan spell from Arsenal but stressed that with young players of their own needing first team minutes a deal for the Japanese winger is still some way from being confirmed.
The 18-year-old, who signed for the Gunners from Chūkyōdai Chūykō High School, failed with a British work permit application in January and immediately travelled to Rotterdam for the second half of last season where he impressed from the outset on the wing.
Speaking this week Feyenoord technical director Martin van Geel told Voetbal International:
“Ryo has definitely been of great value to us. The lad has done very well with us, but we also have to look at our own players.
“In Sekou Cisse and Jerson Cabral we have two players able to work just as well as Ryo in the same position. We cannot turn a blind eye to that.
“Therefore we will go through everything and then make a considered decision whether it is wise to bring in Ryo.”
Tipped for a bright future at the Emirates Arsenal are thought to be willing to apply again for a work permit for Miyaichi ahead of next season. In May Arsene Wenger revealed his hope that the winger would be called up for Japan’s Under-23 squad aiming to qualify for the 2012 Olympics; a scenario which would aid his chances of playing in the Premier League.
“That is a good help,” said Wenger. “An even better help is putting him straight in the [Japanese] first team, then we do not need a work permit any more.
“He looks a very promising boy and everybody who went to watch him has been hugely impressed by him. He is a character and a great football player.”
It appears that whether Miyaichi moves on loan or not he will still be included in Arsenal’s pre-season preparations which include a tour of Malaysia and China.
“He will be with us in pre-season,” confirmed Wenger. “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.”