By Rob Kelly

Ryo believes he has made huge strides forward as a player since starting training with Arsenal last summer.

The Japanese winger signed for the Club in January 2011 but immediately went out on loan to Dutch side Feyenoord. Ryo returned to the Emirates for pre-season training in July and has since appeared twice in the Carling Cup for Arsène Wenger’s side.

The 19-year-old is pleased with his progress this term, and says he is willing to bide his time as he waits for more first-team opportunities.

“I think I've made big strides. Once you come to a big club, you can't walk into the team - I have to work hard every day so that I can play well in the future,” Ryo told Arsenal Player.

“Even so during training, being able to practise alongside superstars can only be a good thing. It’s important to try to get noticed.

“All I can do is believe in myself and work hard. Otherwise it's up to the boss so I'll just do what I can.”

Watch the full interview with Ryo on Arsenal Player.

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19 Jan 2012