Arsenal FC: Ryo Miyaichi Gets His Work Permit To Play for the Gunners

Arun MCorrespondent IIIAugust 9, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - JULY 13: Ryo Miyaichi of Arsenal is chased by M. Jasuli of Malaysia during the pre-season Asian Tour friendly match between Malaysia and Arsenal at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on July 13, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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Japanese youngster Ryo Miyaichi has been granted the work permit he requires to play first-team football for Arsenal this season, according to Arsenal.com.

An FA panel met on Tuesday at Wembley Stadium to decide the case and heard from Arsène Wenger, who was in attendance, before granting the work permit on the grounds that Ryo is an "exceptional talent." Supporting testimonials were also sent by the Japan Football Association, which significantly helped the process.

The 18-year-old arrived in January and spent last season on loan at Dutch club Feyenoord in order to help his adjustment to European football, while awaiting the clearance needed to represent Arsenal in the UK.

Miyaichi had a good half season at Feyenoord, starting in 12 matches and scoring three goals and providing three assists, impressing Arsene Wenger.

Miyaichi set the Erdivisie alight with his tricks and flicks gaining him the nickname "Ryodinho" from the media in Holland, in honour of Brazilian legend Ronaldinho.

Feyenoord technical director Martin van Geel also admitted hope that Arsenal would loan Ryo Miyaichi to them for another season.

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Miyaichi has impressed greatly during preseason and featured in all matches played outside the UK, but now he has been authorized a work permit which means that he is free to play for Arsenal in the UK.

Upon hearing the news, Arsene Wenger said: “We are absolutely delighted that Ryo has been granted a work permit. This is almost like a new signing for us, as we weren’t completely sure we would be given the authorization. Ryo has worked extremely hard in preseason and performed very well during the matches in Asia, Germany and Portugal.

Wenger continued: “Ryo has natural technical ability. He has good balance and phenomenal pace, and his passing and crossing is consistently of a high quality. He is a very exciting player. He had a successful time with Feyenoord in the Netherlands last season, who gave him the opportunity to play regularly, and we’re looking forward to his contribution this coming season with Arsenal.” 

Miyaichi will be eligible to play for the first team as soon as the formalities of the paperwork are completed.