As reported on the clubs official website, Arsenal have been granted a work permit for Ryo Miyaichi that he requires to play first-team football for the Club this season.
The 18-year-old arrived in January and spent last season on a succesful loan at Dutch club Feyenoord while waiting on a visa to play for Arsenal.
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.
Miyaichi has impressed during pre-season and featured in all matches played outside the UK, on the matter Arsène 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 authorisation. Ryo has worked extremely hard in pre-season 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. So welcome officially to the club Miyaichi! This will most likely conclude Wenger’s spending on attacking players this summer, as with the acquisition of Gervinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain, Miyaichi will now also be fighting for a place in the Gunners lineup.