Comparisons have been drawn between the two, with Miyaichi’s lightning pace rivaling Walcott’s in pre-season speed tests. Arsène Wenger has said that Miyaichi’s movement and trickery resembles Walcott’s while the Japanese winger’s willingness to attack full-backs was evident during the Club’s pre-season tour of Asia.
With the potential of Walcott on the right and Miyaichi on the left, there will be plenty of exciting breaks down the wings, and it is a combination that would give any defence nightmares but Walcott insists the pair have different qualities to go with their blistering pace.
“I don’t like comparing myself to other players, every player is different,” he told Arsenal.com. “He wants to be his own player, he is a confident lad and will hopefully have a good career at Arsenal.
“He has got a few stepovers more than me, I don’t do any! That is maybe something I could bring into my game.
“If I don’t come top [of the speed tests in pre-season] I’m not bothered because the most important thing is doing it on the pitch. But it will be tough to beat me, that is for sure!”
Walcott also commented on young defender Carl Jenkinson, who also linked up with his new team-mates in Asia and Walcott says the 19-year-old has already made his mark on the squad.
“He looks very confident and it is great to see,” said Walcott. “He is not shy at all which is nice for a new lad coming in, especially at a young age.
“It’s a bit daunting at first but all the players have helped bed him in and that showed in his game [in Asia]. He is very positive and I enjoyed playing with him.”
It’s good to hear that Jenkinson & Miyaichi are progressing well in their development, it will be interesting to see if either see much game time this year or whether they will be sent on loan this season. Miyaichi especially has a lot of competition for places with the likes of Arshavin and Nasri (just to name a couple) challenging for the left wing position, perhaps a season on loan for these two could be useful, maybe just until January, preferably to a Premier League club such as the likes of Bolton or Fulham.