Ryo Miyaichi thinks his three loan spells forced him to "grow up" as a player.
In his three seasons as a Gunner, the Japanese winger has spent time at Feyenoord, Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic, experiencing varying degrees of success.
The 20-year-old's loan period at Wigan was cut short by injury last season but he is determined to use that experience to help him improve.
"It has been difficult plunging into Europe from being a Japanese high-school student"
"When I look back, the past three years have just flown by," Ryo told Arsenal Player. "I was injured for nearly a whole season and it was an was extremely tough period for me.
"It did get frustrating at times, but at the same time, there was no point in getting impatient so I continued to focus on how I would recover from the injury and become stronger."
In 2011, Ryo enjoyed a successful spell at Dutch club Feyenoord where he scored three goals in 12 appearances and earned the nickname 'Ryodinho'.
"I felt very accepted by the supporters at Feyenoord. I appreciated that nickname. When it comes to comparing Ronaldinho and myself, there is still a world of difference, but I will try my best to get close to him.
"It has been difficult plunging into Europe from being a Japanese high-school student. I didn't have a clue about the language and way of living but I'm getting used to it now and I believe I've grown in that sense."
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