Arsenal speed merchant drawing European interest

Despite being granted a work permit over the summer for being an “exceptional talent”, clubs from across the continent remain keen to sign Arsenal starlet Ryo Miyaichi on a temporary deal.

The 19 year-old signed for the Gunners in the summer of 2010 but was unable to feature under Arsene Wenger due to his low level of experience.

As a result, the Japanese winger was farmed out to Feyenoord in the second half of last season, making twelve appearances for the Dutch side.

During the spel, Miyaichi scored three goals and registered five assists earning him the nickname ‘Ryodinho’ after Brazilian star Ronaldinho.

The youngster has made eight appearances for the Arsenal reserve team this season as well as featuring twice for the first team in the Carling Cup.

Jack Wilshere showed in 2010 the benefits of a successful loan spell and with speculation mounting around Miyaichi’s departure, he will be hoping for similar success should he temporarily leave the Emirates Stadium this month.

Valenciennes, Bolton and Feyenoord are just three clubs circling the Japanese Under-19 international at the moment and with first team opportunities limited at the North London side, he may be tempted by the chance for progress elsewhere.

The Ligue 1 side appear particular favourites to land the teenager with Valenciennes coach Daniel Sanchez claiming: “It will be Miyaichi or nothing.”

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