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Ryo Miyaichi

Japanese winger Ryo featured mainly for the under-21s last season before a hamstring injury brought his campaign to a premature end. He played five times for the first team and started both of the team's Capital One Cup ties but struggled to make a breakthrough into the senior side. The youngster started six times and scored once for the under-21s in their 2-1 win against Wolves at Emirates Stadium.

The lightning-quick wideman, whose speed complements fine close control and technical ability, spent the 2012/13 season on loan at Wigan Athletic, but found his opportunities limited through injury.

Ryo Miyaichi Profile

Born December 14, 1992
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 31
Previous Club(s) Bolton (loan), Feyenoord (loan)

The previous year, he had spent five productive months with Bolton Wanderers, underlining his rich potential and giving him valuable experience of Premier League football.

Ryo enjoyed a promising pre-season with the Gunners last year, and scored from the penalty spot in the 3-1 win against his hometown club, Nagoya Grampus, on what was an emotional occasion.

He signed for Arsenal in January 2011 after a successful trial period, having previously played high-school football - a competition taken very seriously in Japan - in his home country.

Shortly after arriving, he joined Dutch giants Feyenoord on loan, scoring three times in 12 appearances. While he was there, the Dutch media gave him the nickname ‘Ryondinho' after comparing him to Brazilian star Ronaldinho.

He made his full international debut for Japan against Azerbaijan at the end of that season, having previously represented them at all levels from Under-15 to Under-19.

Ryo Miyaichi's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2011-2012 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 + 2 0 0 0 0 + 2 0
2013-2014 0 + 1 0 0 + 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 + 3 0
Total 0 + 1 0 0 + 2 0 0 0 2 + 2 0 0 0 2 + 5 0

My Year

  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12

August

Ryo made one appearance from the bench in August when he replaced Theo Walcott for the final 15 minutes of the 2-0 win over Fenerbache.

September

Ryo replaced Mathieu Flamini in the last minute of the win against Marseille. The forward played 17 minutes against Stoke before earning his first start of the season against West Brom.

October

Ryo was restricted to just one appearance in October which came in the 2-0 defeat by Chelsea at the end of the month. The Japanese winger was an unused substitute in 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

November

Ryo did not feature for the first team in November.

December

Ryo did not feature for the first team in December.

January

Ryo did not feature for the first team in January.

February

Ryo did not feature for the first team in February.

March

A hamstring injury kept Ryo out of action for the whole of March.

April

A hamstring injury kept Ryo out of action for the whole of April.

May

Ryo did not feature for the first team in May.

August

Ryo joined Premier League side Wigan Athletic on loan until the end of the season. He made his debut as a second-half substitute in their 4-1 Capital One Cup victory over Nottingham Forest.

September

Ryo was mainly used as a substitute by Wigan manager Roberto Martinez throughout September. He did, however, start in the club's emphatic 4-1 win away at West Ham in the Capital One Cup.

October

Ryo did not feature for Wigan during October.

November

Ryo made one appearance for Wigan in November, coming on as a substitute in their defeat at Anfield.

December

Ryo did not feature for Wigan Athletic in December.

January

Ryo did not feature for Wigan Athletic in January.

February

Ryo did not appear for Wigan Athletic over the course of the month.

March

Ryo’s comeback from injury lasted just 32 minutes before he was stretchered off as Wigan knocked Everton out of the FA Cup at Goodison Park.

April

Ryo was sidelined by injury throughout April. Speaking about his loan spell at Wigan Athletic, the Japanese international said: "They have a good attitude and a good philosophy for football. "The manager [Roberto Martinez] is a very good man and it was a very good experience for me. Most of the time I was injured. I couldn't play a lot of games and I couldn't show my quality. It was disappointing for me but I'm so appreciative to the Wigan supporters, the Wigan manager and the Wigan players. It was a very good experience.

May

Ryo was sidelined with an ankle injury in May.

August

Ryo was granted the work permit he requires to play first-team football for the Club. The Japanese winger scored for the Reserves against Wigan but didn’t feature for the first team.

September

The Japanese winger was a regular for Neil Banfield's Reserves over the duration of the month but made his debut for Arsene Wenger's first team as a late substitue in the Carling Cup win over Shrewsbury.

October

Ryo enjoyed another return to the spotlight in the Carling Cup, coming on as a second-half substitute to help Arsenal see off the threat of Bolton.

November

Ryo did not feature during the month for the first team as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

December

Ryo recovered from an ankle injury. “He needs to play now and I will sit down with him and see what we will do," said Arsene Wenger. "He has been injured for a while now and we will see in January.”

January

Ryo did not feature for the Arsenal first team this month, although he played three times for the Reserves. He joined Bolton Wanderers on the final day of the transfer window on loan for the rest of the season.

February

Ryo played three times for Bolton over the course of the month, and scored an outstanding goal in the FA Cup win at Millwall. "He has more than just one strength. He has pace and two great feet. He has football intelligence for such a young man and he's driven to be the best he can be,” Bolton manager Owen Coyle said.

March

Ryo impressed on the left wing for Bolton once more and remained an ever-present on Owen Coyle's teamsheet. “Ryo has done very well at Bolton,” said team-mate Theo Walcott. "I can see him coming back here next year and playing a lot more regularly. The way he is playing, there are full backs out there now who are thinking, 'I don't want to play against him this week'.”

April

Ryo continued to feature heavily for Bolton in the Premier League, making five appearances for Owen Coyle's side.

May

Ryo made one appearance on loan at Bolton in May as the Trotters were relegated to the Championship.