As reported earlier last week here at allArsenal.com, Arsène Wenger has now publicly stated that he wants Ryo Miyaichi to stay at Arsenal this season and will push for the work permit the Japanese winger requires to play in England.
The 18-year-old arrived in January and having spent a successful loan spell at Feyenoord last season, Miyaichi linked up with the Gunners first team squad at the start of the summer and has impressed during pre-season though he was unfortunately not allowed to play in the Emirates Cup because it was a FIFA sanctioned tournament.
But Wenger has seen enough to convince him that the teenage speedster is ready for the first-team this season and is currently seeking to make that happen.
“My plan is to get a work permit for him and to put him on the pitch for Arsenal Football Club,” he said
Let’s hope that he is successful as we could do with Miyaichi’s services this season especially when the injuries (touch wood) set it. However if they do acquire a visa for the Japanese winger then it seems even more unlikely that Juan Mata will be on his way to North London
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Arsène Wenger has also stated that he wanted Thierry Henry to switch sides and play the last five minutes for Arsenal on Sunday in the Emirates cup, but the rules would not allow it to happen. As the Emirates Cup operates under FIFA rules, the officials (understandably) are duty-bound to uphold.
“We wanted to him to play the last five minutes for us,” said the manager on Sunday.
“He was desperate to do it, but the referees stubbornly turned it down.
“I went in to see the referee at half-time to ask him to allow him to play for us but they told us that the rules are absolutely, adamantly against it because one given player cannot play for two teams in the same game.”
It’s a shame that this didn’t happen as Arsenal would have probably won the match as Henry wouldn’t have been able to set up the equalizer for the MLS side!