Arsene Wenger has praised Arsenal’s young duo Ryo Miyaichi and Gedion Zelalem after their performances in the 3-1 victory over Nagoya Grampus.
For Miyaichi the match meant a great deal as it marked a return to his hometown while Wenger faced his former club. The Japanese winger certainly entertained with a well taken penalty and a solid performance despite being not fully fit.
The Gunners boss praised the tricky winger who struggled with injuries last season and is expecting a lot from the youngster.
Wenger told Arsenal’s official website:
It was not planned [the penalty]. When Ryo scored I thought it was a good decision from Arteta.
He is not completely ready physically. He was not completely fit to play but it was a special occasion that I did not want him to miss. He just needs to come back to full fitness and then the rest will come along.
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His pace, his mobility and his movement off the ball. I like players who can move when others have the ball. There is also his attitude, commitment and desire. That is why I decided to keep him.
Another star in the making caught the eye once again – 16-year-old prodigy Zelalem who provided a number of pinpoint through balls reminiscent of a young Cesc Fabregas.
Wenger feels the youngster is improving “very quickly” and feels the tour will prove useful for the German youth international’s development after the midfielder provided an excellent, defence splitting assist to set up Theo Walcott for Arsenal’s third.
Wenger said on Zelalem:
He’s a young player who develops well. Pre-season helps us to give a chance to these players, to get them to realise what it demands to be at the top level.
He is improving very quickly and he had another appearance, that’s good for his development.
The attacking midfielder is certainly living up to the hype with another delicious display and hopefully he will get more minutes to prove himself in the final match of the tour.
Whether he will be part of Wenger’s first team plans this season is yet to be known. Both Wilshere and Fabregas broke into the squad at the tender age of 16, so there is certainly the potential to see Zelalam playing in the early Cup fixtures this season. But for now he must continue to work hard, develop and impress and he will be involved in no time at all.
Oxlade-Chamberlain will be a potential candidate for the central attacking midfield role this season and will compete with Rosicky and Cazorla which is enough reason for Wenger to not look for more options in the position in the market especially with Zelalem in the making.
What are your thoughts Gooners? Were you as impressed as us with Zelalem’s performances? Do you think this will be Miyachi’s season too? Comment below..