Arseblog News has been very wary about jumping on the Ryo Miyaichi bandwagon since the Japanese winger signed for the Gunners back in January.
Alas, with the 18-year-old now promoted to first team status after securing a work permit, and with other squad members leaving in their droves, there seems little left to do but to make a sacrificial offering to the goddess Nike (she of strength, speed, victory and cheap looking replica kits) in the hope that the special talent she has delivered unto Arsene helps secure us many titles.
While it remains to be seen what Ryo (or 宮市 亮 to his friends) will make of thousands of Gooners winching Cheryl Cole on to the top of a giant bonfire, he thus far seems humbled by the opportunity afforded to him at the Emirates.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the Chūkyōdai Chūkyō High School protégé (rolls off the tongue better than La Masia no?) spoke about signing a contract in England.
“I felt this was the start. Of course I was very happy, but then I soon switched my mode to a serious one and I made myself determined to do it.
“I was thrilled but at the same time I started to feel responsibility. Signing my contract was my first step as a professional and now I’m determined to go to the top.
“Since I decided to become a footballer I have dreamed of playing for a team abroad. I am pleased but have just started and I have done nothing yet. I should keep my feet on the ground and work hard.
“Arsenal is a club loved by people around the world so I am proud to be a part of this team.”
Arsenal fans are no doubt aware that after signing for the Gunners Miyaichi was immediately sent to Holland where he spent four successful months on loan with Feyenoord. What many won’t know is that four years earlier the Japanese starlet had undertaken a trial in the same Dutch surroundings.
“I joined their training for two weeks when I was just 14-years-old, so when I was loaned out to Feyenoord I did feel some kind of connection. This time I went there as a player so I felt that I had a greater duty to achieve results.
“It was my first year as a professional and even though it was only a half season it was a great experience. I was lucky to be there and to play and I was surrounded by both nice fans and staff. I’m very grateful to all of them.”
The supporters at De Kuip, obviously as desperate for a shining light as those at the Emirates, even decided to label the loanee ‘Ryodinho’ presumably because of the youngster’s trickery on the ball rather than his penchant for Brazilian dentistry.
“I believe they compare me to Ronaldinho, but I can’t hold a candle to him,” confirms Miyaichi. “There needs to be a lot of hard work in order for me to catch up with and overtake him.”
In the short-term the only boots Ryo need worry filling are those of Nicklas Bendtner, Emmanuel Eboue, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, Denilson…oh and Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Ian Wright…and Liam Brady and Ted Drake…
Hmm. We better start the fire. Who knows where Cheryl lives?