Miyaichi feels he has grown up since arriving at Arsenal
Wednesday 16 October 2013
Ryo Miyaichi believes he has had to ‘grow up quickly’ since joining Arsenal. having come straight from high-school, writes Arsenal.com.
The Japan international joined Arsenal in 2011, but has only made one appearance for the side since arriving in England. Instead he has been shipped out on loan three times since moving to the Emirates Stadium, and believes the spells away from London have allowed him to ‘grow up quickly’.
“When I look back, the past three years have just flown by,” Miyaichi said “I was injured for nearly a whole season and it was an was extremely tough period for me.
“It did get frustrating at times, but at the same time, there was no point in getting impatient so I continued to focus on how I would recover from the injury and become stronger.
One of Miyaichi’s loan spells was at Dutch club Feyenoord, where he scored three goals in 12 appearances and was well respected, even compared to Ronaldinho. “I felt very accepted by the supporters at Feyenoord,” Miyaichi said. “I appreciated that nickname. When it comes to comparing Ronaldinho and myself, there is still a world of difference, but I will try my best to get close to him.
“It has been difficult plunging into Europe from being a Japanese high-school student. I didn't have a clue about the language and way of living but I'm getting used to it now and I believe I've grown in that sense.”
Miyaichi has represented Japan from Under-15 level, and has appeared 21 times for his national side. The winger also spent loan spells at Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic, where he was part of the squad relegated to the Championship last season.
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