Although Arsenal has brought in Nacho Monreal to strengthen their defense, the Gunners are in big trouble with three out of four starting defenders out with injuries. Wenger probably avoided making any more transfers during the winter transfer window hoping that his players will be safe from further harm and the summer will bring back some of the players that are currently on loan. One player that could remain with Arsenal after he returns from his loan to Wigan Athletic is young Ryo Miyaichi. The 20 year old player has been missing out on first team matches since November, when he picked up an injury while playing for Wigan where the player is on a loan to the end of the season.
Miyaichi was signed by Wenger for Arsenal as one of the most promising players to be seen at Emirates Stadium. The Japanese player was meant to be the next “big thing” the Gunners helped develop but in an unexpected series of events he ended up playing for Feyenoord. His loan to the Dutch club had a great impact on the player and increased his market value considerably. He managed to score a few goals and was one of the most important players for the Dutch team.
Strangely enough, the next year, the Japanese international could not find a spot in Wenger’s team and was loaned to Bolton Wanderers during the winter transfer period of 2012. He became a very important member for Bolton but unfortunately he could not help them stay in the top flight.
The most recent period of Ryo Miyaichi’s career has not been that bright. He has been on loan with Wigan but did not get too much game time before his injury. The good news is that after almost 4 months of absence, the Japanese player is ready to make a comeback.
According to recent statements, Arsenal’s player is determined to improve his game and get back to his previous form. He also hopes he can impress Wenger and stay with the Gunners on a permanent basis. Considering how things are today with Arsenal, a player such as Ryo Miyaichi could be a solution given the fact that several players are sidelined by injuries. The issue for Miyaichi is that with all the current injuries, Arsenal’s biggest problems are in the defense and Ryo Miyaichi is more of an offensive player. Probably the best case scenario for Miyaichi will be another loan to a Premier League club in England where he will be able to develop his game more, become a regular in their first team and get the invaluable experience at the highest level which he clearly still needs.