By Joe Brewin

Robin van Persie expects Ryo to enjoy a successful and prolonged Arsenal career.

The Japan youth international joined the Club on a permanent deal in January following a successful trial last year. A loan spell at Van Persie's former club Feyenoord followed, with hugely successful results.

Now back at Emirates Stadium after his experience, Ryo has impressed for the Reserves and could get his chance to shine in the Carling Cup tonight. Van Persie says the 18-year-old is destined for great things.

"I like Ryo so much," the captain told the Official Matchday Programme. "I think he is a fantastic guy. If you see how he plays and just look at his body language, everything tells you he is having fun.

"He loves life, loves playing football and is just a good kid.

"I am 100 per cent sure he will have a nice, long career at Arsenal because he has everything in him to be a fans' favourite.

"He is a positive guy, he wants to work, has good technique, he can dribble and has everything that a fan is looking for. I am really looking forward to seeing him play tomorrow."

You can read Robin's programme notes in the Official Matchday Programme. Subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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20 Sep 2011