Miyaichi granted work permit
Japan U19 international tipped for a big future by Arsenal boss
Last Updated: 09/08/11 6:45pm
Arsenal's Japanese teenager Ryo Miyaichi has been granted a work permit to play for the club this season.
The 18-year-old arrived at the club last January and was loaned to Feyenoord to help him get acclimatised to the European game.
Miyaichi has featured in all Arsenal's pre-season games outside the UK, but will now be considered for a starting berth once the season commences.
"We are absolutely delighted that Ryo has been granted a work permit," Arsene Wenger told the club's official website.
"Ryo has natural technical ability. He has good balance and phenomenal pace, and his passing and crossing is consistently of a high level. He is a very exciting player."
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"This is almost like a new signing for us, as we weren't completely sure we would be given the authorisation.
"Ryo worked extremely hard in pre-season and performed well in the matches in Asia, Germany and Portugal."
The Japan Under-19 international has all the traits that Wenger looks for in his players, and he feels he will be a welcome addition to the squad.
He added: "Ryo has natural technical ability. He has good balance and phenomenal pace, and his passing and crossing is consistently of a high level. He is a very exciting player."