Ryo says that scoring his first goal for the Club in Nagoya was an “unbelievable feeling”.
The Japanese winger was - along with Arsène Wenger - the main attraction on Monday as he returned to play in the city where he grew up.
The stands were teeming with Arsenal fans with ‘Ryo’ on the backs of their shirts and he capped off a promising display by converting a first-half penalty.
“This is my city - a lot of fans came here so it was very exciting,” he told Arsenal Player.
“It makes me feel very good [to see Ryo shirts on the fans]. It's great for me as a football player.
“It's an unbelievable feeling to score. Everyone gave me a great chance to score so it was very good. It was a hard game but I need to get fit before the season starts so it's good for me.”Copyright 2013 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 23 Jul 2013