Arsenal Could Lose Starlet Ryo Miyaichi as Napoli Look to Exploit Work Permit Problems

Emirates youngster to be nabbed by Serie A outfit?

Promising winger Ryo Miyaichi has caught the attention of ambitious Italian side Napoli with his good performances for Eredivisie side Feyenoord in the past couple of months, Sky Sport Italia reports.

The Partenopei are currently sitting in second position in the Serie A table and Champions League qualification is well within their reach, therefore they are eager to add depth to their squad in order to compete, and view the 18-year-old as a valuable addition to their roster.

The young attacker signed a long-term contract with Arsenal in January and was immediately farmed out on loan to Feyenoord, where he has since developed into a key player at the Stadionclub.

Miyaichi is expected to return to Arsenal at the end of the season, but it remains to be seen whether he will be granted a work permit in England.

Napoli are reportedly closely monitoring his situation, and are ready to pounce in case he fails to secure his stay in London.


The ongoing issue or Japanese youngster Ryo Miyaichi’s work permit concerns has been a talking point among Arsenal supporters for a while, not least because the teenager has looked very impressive whilst on display in the Dutch Eredivisie. The 18 year old has been a consistent performer for Feyenoord and his every move has been studiously followed by Gunners fans who feel the starlet could be the club’s next hero.

Talk of Napoli’s interest is new and a little worrying. Maybe work permit issues are not as stringent in Italy but one would imagine that EU law on the matter is the same across the board so any issues that affect the North London club would surely affect the Naples club securing clearance for Miyaichi.

Arsene Wenger’s scouting system unearthed the talent last year and Okazaki born winger impressed whilst on trial at the club last summer. Clearly Arsenal have a number of up and coming talents coming through the system but it appears that the Emirates boss is a big admirer of the winger who can also play up front.

With the likes of Tomas Rosicky battling for form and Andrei Arshavin reportedly homesick and having an up and down season perhaps Miyaichi is a wide man with a future at Arsenal. Clearly the likes of Samir Nasri and Theo Walcott are the first choice players on either wing. The club also has a frightening array of top notch youngster performing wonderfully well out on loan with the likes of Henri Lansbury, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Sanchez Watt all progressing well.

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