The name Ryo Miyaichi is one becoming increasingly familiar to Arsenal fans and is a player of whom great things are expected in the future and earlier this week Arsenal.com caught up with Ryo to get his verdict on his progress so far.
Ryo, This is your first pre-season with Arsenal. How are you finding it?
“I am so glad to join a big club like Arsenal. So I really want to be prepared to play for them.”
You are a ‘new boy’ into the team. How are you bonding with the rest of the team?
“Everyone is welcoming and warm. They are trying to speak to me but my English is not at the good level yet. However I am trying to speak to them in English if possible.”
What are your thoughts on Arsène Wenger now you have had your first proper training sessions with him?
“I am so glad that Arsène Wenger appreciates me. I am very happy that he wanted me to join the training camp. I want to play with confidence and play to thank him.”
How much does it help to have manager who understands Japanese culture and the Japanese people?
“Arsène was with Grampus Eight so the Nagoya people know he is a great manager. I am from near Nagoya so I feel close [to them] and Arsenal coach Boro Primorac used to live quite near to my home.”
How do you describe yourself as a player?
“I am a player who wants use my speed to go past defenders. So it is about making use of my speed.”
What are your opinions on the skills of your team-mates at Arsenal and who in particular stands out?
“Arsenal play in one of the top leagues in the world. Everybody has great skills here. I feel that I can learn from everyone. I am just enjoying the chance to practice and to learn.”
How do you look back on your loan spell at Feyenoord?
“Of course this was my first year as a professional. I had a very good experience there. I was glad for the opportunity at Feyenoord. I really appreciated the fans and all the staff there.”
Did you make a big jump forward in standard because before you had been playing high school football?
“Technically I thought I improved. I was putting in effort to get a result. But it was not only technical. On the mental side I was aiming to get to a high level. I hope the effort I put as given me a high level now.”
Now you are back at Arsenal, what aims do you have for the coming season?
“I hope I can contribute to the team. I just want to work hard to do my best.”
Earlier Bacary Sagna had this to say about Miyaichi & Carl Jenkinson
“I thought they played their own games, they weren’t scared to play. They were full of confidence and that’s good for the team. I hope they will push us because we need this kind of players”.
Thomas Vermaelen also had this to say:
“If you look at Ryo [Miyaichi], I’ve seen him a few times in the Dutch League because I follow it really well and he did well at Feyenoord. The people, the crowd loved him.
Some friends of mine played with him and said he’s a good guy and technically he’s really good so I’m looking forward to know them better when we play more games and train more with the ball”.
While Wenger had this to say about the Japanese winger:
“I rate him personally [and] it’s a good opportunity for him to show that he has the talent to play for Arsenal Football Club. He has an opportunity to show that [he is good enough for the first team].He has done extremely well at Feyenoord and wehave so many good reports. It will be interesting to see him play”.
By Ayaan Farah