Arsenal have been given a boost ahead of the new season by the news that Ryo Miyaichi has been granted a work permit to play in England next season.
There were fears that he would have to go out on loan again but an FA panel met today and awarded the permit under the ‘exceptional talent’ clause.
Arsene Wenger said, “We are absolutely delighted that Ryo has been granted a work permit. This is almost like a new signing for us, as we weren’t completely sure we would be given the authorisation.”
This will disappoint fans who will have to wait for Miyaichi to pick up a long term injury and then make a comeback before he can be completely like a new signing, but the Japanese youngster has impressed during pre-season.
“Ryo has natural technical ability”, Wenger continued. “He has good balance and phenomenal pace, and his passing and crossing is consistently of a high quality. He is a very exciting player. He had a successful time with Feyenoord in the Netherlands last season, who gave him the opportunity to play regularly, and we’re looking forward to his contribution this coming season with Arsenal”.
The 18 year old’s rise to Premier League football has been little short of meteoric. He was playing school football before he joined Arsenal officially in January 2011, before spending 5 months on loan at Feynoord.
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