Arsenal’s “new Cristiano Ronaldo” excited

Arsenal’s star youth player Ryo Miyaichi, dubbed the “new Cristiano Ronaldo” and “Ryodinho” by Dutch media while on loan spell at Feyenoord, has said that he is now ready to fight for his place at the Emirates.

Miyaichi(18) was signed by Arsene Wenger last January, and the French manager described the Japanese winger as an “exceptional talent”. However, because of work permit issues the player had to be loaned out to the Dutch side.

The player returned top Arsenal this summer ahead of their pre-season tour, and much is expected of him this year. The player himself claimed his best attributes were his “speedy dribbling with the ball”, insisting that “the football player I really respect [is] Cristiano Ronaldo”.

The Japan Under-19 international believes he has learned a great deal during a whirlwind 12 months, and can now press on to achieve something special in North London.

“It wasn’t a big shock really [moving to Arsenal], especially because I spent six months in Holland with Feyenoord,” the pacy winger told Arsenal’s official website.

“The real shock was the difference in football between the Dutch League and the Premier League. It’s a big change in level so I feel I need to get used to the style of the game here.

“I have been learning technique, tactics and physicality, and there have been a lot of new things over the past few months. I believe in Arsenal and know that I will get better as my time here continues.”


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