Every season a number of Arsenal players go out on loan to gain valuable first-team experience and the 2010/11 campaign was no different.
Arsenal.com have tracked the progress of the loanees throughout the season and our ‘Loan Review’ series will examine each player in turn. Today we focus on Ryo Miyaichi.
It wasn’t long before the highly-rated Japanese forward made his mark in Holland, scoring in his first game at De Kuip, Feyenoord’s home ground, in a 2-1 win over Heracles at the start of February.
He became a regular in Mario Been’s side, making 12 starts and scoring three times as Feyenoord finished the season in tenth position.
Jaap De Groot of De Telegraaf
“He has got everything; he has got speed, he is very direct, he has skill, he can take people on, he scores goals and he has good technique. He loves the game as well. When you look at him you see someone who is enjoying playing football. He is young and needs to mature but he is a very interesting player and could definitely be a star in the future.
“He is a great talent and a pure football player. He is an uncomplicated player who just wants to play his game. I think it is very important that he plays at a club that fits his qualities and Feyenoord is a team that plays the authentic Dutch way with two wingers and one centre forward. He played from the left side and that meant he was not forced to defend a lot and he could play his game. Arsenal’s decision to send him to a Dutch club has been a very good choice.
“From the first home game in Rotterdam the fans embraced him. They loved his fresh attitude, his pure attitude. He comes on the pitch and goes his own way. He has good technique and only wants to do one thing, go as fast as possible to the goal. He does that in a fresh, free-spirited way.
“He was lucky that he scored in his first game and he got an incredible homage. It was wonderful to see that an old Japanese tradition showed up and, in front of 48,000 people, he bowed four ways to the crowd which was a very special moment.”Copyright 2014 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 17 May 2011