Emirates Stadium star needs first team football.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he could let Ryo Miyaichi depart the club on loan this month, as he feels the Japanese winger is at the stage of his career where first team football is vital.
Miyaichi is 19, and having lit up the Dutch Eredivisie when on loan at Feyenoord last season, is ready to make the next step up.
Last season Miyaichi scored three goals and supplied five assists in twelve games, and quickly became a fan favourite at De Kuip.
His pace and trickery earned him the nickname ‘Ryodinho’ in homage to the former Brazil and Barcelona great Ronaldinho, but he has not been able to make his mark on the Arsenal first team this season.
A few sporadic appearances in the Carling Cup for the Gunners are not the easiest way to find momentum, and Wenger could let Miyaichi depart on loan to aid his development.
“I don’t know yet [whether Miyaichi will stay or go out on loan],” explained Wenger.
“I will make up my mind in the next week or so as he needs to play now.”
Miyaichi is currently behind the likes of Theo Walcott, Gervinho, Andrei Arshavin, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thierry Henry and Yossi Benayoun in the competition for a place in the attacking wing positions.