Wenger to assess Miyaichi for spot in Arsenal team

Published May. 19, 2011 3:04 p.m. ET

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will assess Japanese striker Ryo Miyaichi during the preseason to see if he is ready for the first team.

The 18-year-old Miyaichi was loaned to Feyenoord after joining Arsenal in January. He is yet to secure a British work permit.

''I have only (heard) positive reports about him. He will be with us in preseason,'' Wenger said Thursday. ''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.''

Miyaichi played for Japan at the Under-17 World Cup in 2009 but is yet to feature for the senior side.

''He is a boy who went straight from school football to professional football and straight away was the best player in Feyenoord,'' Wenger said. ''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.''

Wenger coached Japanese side Grampus Eight before joining Arsenal in 1996.