Wenger monitoring Miyaichi

The 18-year-old striker was loaned to Feyenoord after signing a

long-term deal with the Gunners in January and has impressed in the

Dutch top flight. Wenger revealed if all goes well, then the club

could consider applying for a work permit for Miyaichi ahead of the

2011/2012 campaign. “I have only [heard] positive reports about

him. He will be with us in pre-season,” the Frenchman said. “I

think he is good enough, but if he is ready enough to have a place

in our team, we will ask for a work permit and try to get him in.

“What I like about Ryo is that he has good timing with his runs and

understands when to go and where to go. That is something very

important. “He knows how to use his pace and he is an intelligent

player. “He is a boy who went straight from school football to

professional football and straight away was the best player in

Feyenoord.” Miyaichi has been called up to the Japanese Under-23

squad aiming to qualify for the 2012 Olympics, which could in turn

boost his application with the Home Office. Wenger added: “He looks

a very promising boy and everybody who went to watch him has been

hugely impressed by him. “Ryo is a character and a great football

player.”