Saturday, November 27, 2021

Ryo ready to rock Wigan’s world

While excitement grows at the Emirates about emerging duo Serge GrrrrrrNabry (surely not the way his name is pronounced?) and Thomas Eisfeld, it’s easy to forget that we’ve another exciting young attacking talent plying his trade up at Wigan.

Having enjoyed his spell at Bolton last season, Ryo Miyaichi was snapped up by Roberto Martinez as the Latics looked to fill the void left by the departing Victor Moses. While the winger has not played as much as he or Arsene Wenger may have liked (just 5 appearances so far including 4 from the bench), the Japanese international insists that life at the DW Stadium is rosy.

“On a football level I have enjoyed every day at Wigan so far since I arrived,” he told Wigan’s official website.

“Personally I’ve found my own house and now I can deal with what is needed in my daily life and now I can focus fully on the football on the pitch.

“Roberto [Martinez] has good football tactics and sets high levels for players skills and techniques.

“If I can meet his demands and reach these levels then I can improve as a player more and more at Wigan.

“To keep on playing well for Wigan would surely let me earn a place in the Japanese national team. So when I am playing on the pitch, I think I have to always show my ability and get to the higher level.”

Returning to the North-West, Miyaichi also spoke warmly of his relationship with Wigan keeper Ali Al-Habsi, with whom he struck up a friendship last year, and how he sang one of Queen’s biggest hits as part of his Wigan dressing-room initiation.

“Since last year in Bolton, Ali and I were neighbours and he was very kind to me. We regularly go out for meals together and we invite each other to our homes and we also go shopping together.

“…[I sang] ‘We Will Rock You!’ I chose this song because I thought everybody knew this song and it was easy to sing. Everybody got more excited than I expected, and everybody was so cheerful and noisy and it was fun for me also.”

Arseblog News can’t help but wonder whether Miyaichi is at the back of Wenger’s mind as Theo Walcott continues to stall on a new deal at the Emirates.

Of course he’s still very raw and could do with beefing up a bit, but with pace to burn and decent technique he’s full of promise. Questions have to be asked as to why he’s not had much game time under Martinez, but we keep our fingers crossed that he’ll get more minutes as the season progresses.

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Exciting prospect is young Ryo, needs more mins at wigan thou. C’mon Roberto pull your finger out!


At first I thought this would be a yoda-like rant

exciting prospect is young Ryo
waiting to see him I am
strong in the force this one is
turn to the dark side he must not

Latics Fan

He played really well against West Ham in the League Cup. He looks really good but he is injured at the moment. I reckon we would have beaten Bradford if he’d been on the pitch. I hope he gets to play in the first team because he is an exciting player and he looks cool too.


He’s going to be the Ryo deal!

*gets coat*

Dr Baptiste

I’ve kept your coat as compensation for that joke

Infinity and beyond

This is nothing new really. So no need to get your coat, just stay.

dink arnold

Pretty sure due to that pun you owe me a cheap drink?


Miyaichi and Al-Habsi, what a lovely couple!

I thought he’d get more playing time at Wigan also, he impressed at Bolton last season

Dr Baptiste

Our loan players have recently really struggled to get game time in all manner of teams in recent seasons. I wonder why, I mean they seem technically sound and obviously we send then to teams that have said they will play them


Fuck you Roberto martinez.


Al-Habsi is a decent keeper. I’d rather have him than Don Vito.


Talking of Ryo bulking up made me think about Theo in the recent game against reading, he looked so much more stable on the ball and stayed on his feet a lot more than he would of in previous seasons. As always it seems our players improve just as they could potentially move on.


It’s probably because he was tired and therefore wasn’t over running the ball all the time.

Lord Teddy Ears

I really cant wait to see this kid running out in an Arsenal shirt !!!


I am a bit concerned at the lack of playing time. Perhaps Martinez just doesn’t rate him? He didn’t even feature against bradford in the cocup…

Merlin's Panini

He was injured for that game, but I do think Martinez is being a cock by not starting him more.


He’s gonna be a big man some day….

Greenwich Gooner

Martinez is a good coach. Keep the faith. Wigan play proper football. Ryo will get his chance.


guys needs to recover from his injuries and get some games


Gnabry would be pronounced guh-nab-ry in German (with the stress on the ‘nab’), so I guess that’s what he’s grown up with, but since his dad is Ivorian maybe it should be pronounced the French way?

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