The 18 year-old had a great loan spell at Feyenoord and admits that the Premier League is on a totally different level, but has also revealed that under the guidance of Wenger and Arsenal’s experienced players he is developing well in terms of skill and communication.
Miyaichi said on his own individual development:
I am not in a rush. The manager advises me not to and to concentrate on training.
The biggest change is that I train and play with these top players. I never imagined myself in this position a year ago when I was playing in the high school championship qualifiers in Japan.
I can tell I am improving a lot through training sessions with my team-mates. I am also getting used to expressing myself to them without hesitation.
I was a bit more confident about what I was doing in Holland, but the Premier League is on a totally different level. In England it is easy to lose the ball if your passing is loose. Being able to judge is crucial.
I learned a lot about the importance of first touch. This is particularly important to my style of attacking.
Arsene Wenger emphasises this and I want to focus more and more on it too. We have a lot of training in tight spaces which makes me concentrate on how to make most of my first touch.
I also pay attention to Robin van Persie when he plays. He can release defenders with just one touch – he is so good at it.
Learning from the likes of Robin van Persie and Arsene Wenger has to have a very positive effect on up-and-coming players such as Miyaichi who offer so much promise. The young gunner has only featured for 40 minutes for Arsenal so far in League Cup appearances, but hopefully he will show us how much talent he possesses once he does make his first start. What do you guys think of Miyaichi? Feel free to leave a comment below!