Ryo believes his time on loan with Feyenoord has helped him to adjust to the demands of life in England.

The 18-year-old enjoyed a three-month loan spell with the Eredivisie outfit last season and became hugely popular in the Netherlands after a series of exciting displays.

Ryo made his second appearance in an Arsenal shirt in Tuesday night’s Carling Cup win over Bolton and he believes he is settling into his new life at Emirates Stadium well - even if he does have trouble understanding the language.

“It wasn’t a big shock really, especially because I spent six months in Holland with Feyenoord,” Ryo told the Official Matchday Programme.

“The real shock was the difference in football between the Dutch league and the Premier League. It’s a big change in level so I feel I need to get used to the style of the game here.
“I was trying to speak English in Holland, because I had to, so my use of the language improved. But then it was a real shock to see the difference in accent here in London, and it’s often very difficult to understand what people are saying!”

The Japanese youth international has had a whirlwind start to his life in north London. From high school football to Arsenal’s first team in just a year, the youngster had to learn fast.

“If I was to say ‘everything’ has changed I think that would be right,” he said. “I have been learning technique, tactics and physicality, and there have been a lot of new things over the past few months.

“I believe in Arsenal and know that I will get better as my time here continues.”

The full interview with Ryo is available last night’s Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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26 Oct 2011