Arsenal's new Japanese signing Ryo Miyaichi has shown his support for his countrymen in the wake of Friday's earthquake and tsunami.

Moments after his loan club Feyenoord scored a last-minute winner against NAC Breda on Sunday, Ryo revealed a shirt with the following handwritten message to Japan: “I hope that as many people as possible will be saved."

Ryo prepared his message before the match and was also given permission to wear a black armband in memory of the victims of the disaster. Dutch FA regulations state that black armbands can only be worn by all of the players in a team but Ryo got his wish.

"The other players wanted to show their support to Ryo and to Japan as well and so we all wore the armbands," explained Feyenoord trainer Mario Been.

"Ryo has obviously been saddened by the dreadful events in Japan. Luckily, his relatives are not in danger, but he has clearly been affected by what has happened. We will continue to do everything in our power to help him through this."

After showing his handwritten message to the camera, Ryo kissed his black armband and thanked the Feyenoord crowd for their support.

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Ryo Miyaichi

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15 Mar 2011