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Ryo Miyaichi's loan spell with Bolton started off excellently, with Miyaichi being voted the February Player of the Month by Bolton fans for his excellent early displays. His performances even earned him a call-up to the Japanese national team.
However, towards the end of his loan spell, Miyaichi's form fizzled out as Bolton struggled and ended up being relegated on the final day of matches.
Though Miyaichi is all the better for his loan move to Bolton, he returns to an Arsenal team even more stacked up front than it was when he left. Andrei Arshavin, for the time being remains an Arsenal player, and if he does not move Miyaichi will be competing with Gervinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott for playing time.
That isn't to mention new recruits Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, who will almost surely factor regularly into Arsene Wenger's rotation of players at Arsenal.
Arsenal also have yet to sell Marouane Chamakh, Park Chu-Young and Nicklas Bendtner, and if they fail to sell all three, then playing time becomes even more scarcely available for someone like Miyaichi.
Miyaichi will likely be sent on loan once again, and this time he'll need to really prove himself to be a consistent threat in the EPL if he hopes to avoid the fate of Carlos Vela before him. Otherwise, he could find his chance to breakthrough at Arsenal gone for good with all of Wenger's new acquisitions.