By Joe Brewin
Japanese winger Ryo says it is an ambition fulfilled to finally step out onto the Emirates Stadium pitch.
The Japanese winger made his competitive first-team debut for Arsène Wenger's side in Tuesday night's win over Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup.
Ryo created waves in the Eredivisie last season while on loan at Dutch outfit Feyenoord and is keen to impress once more for the Gunners.
"It has been my dream to play on the Emirates pitch," he told Arsenal Player. "It's great and I am really happy.
"One year ago I was still in Japan and playing high school football. I didn't even think I would be playing here so it was a surprise. I was working hard and now I am here I have to keep my feet on the ground and try even harder."
The Arsenal faithful were treated to their first home sightings of the 18-year-old for the visit of the League Two side, making their feelings clear before the youngster had even entered the pitch.
"It was a mixture of nervousness and being excited [before coming on]," he added. "I could hear the crowd before and then I got a bit more nervous.
"I could hear the calls and I was really happy. I wanted to respond by playing well and hopefully that can lead to the next step."
The full interview with Ryo is now available on Arsenal Player. He discusses his first-team debut, his exciting style of play and how he has settled at the Club.Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source