Wigan Athletic Keen To Retain Arsenal Youngster Ryo Miyaichi

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Roberto Martinez hoping to hang on to Japanese midfielder.

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Wigan are hoping to hold on to Arsenal star Ryo Miyaichi according to The Express.

The Japanese midfielder has been on loan at the club this season but Roberto Martinez is keen to extend the player’s stay at the DW Stadium.

The youngster has seen his opportunities limited this season after suffering a number of injuries but that has not been enough to dissuade Roberto Martinez of the player’s merits.

Miyaichi is unlikely to appear again this season for the Latics after undergoing surgery on his ankle after he picked up an injury during Wigan’s FA Cup quarter-final game against Everton.

The player is thought to have a bright future in the game and is unlikely to be available on a permanent transfer.

Martinez has expressed his desire to work with Miyaichi again though and may look into the possibility of another season-long loan deal for next term.

Arsenal may well be receptive to the idea with Miyaichi unlikely to break into the Arsenal first team in the next few years.

Boss Arsene Wenger is thought to prefer Miyaichi gain first-team experience rather than remain with Arsenal and mostly appearing from the substitute’s bench.

‘We will have to speak with Arsenal and we need to assess and make sure they are happy with the progression of the player,’ said Martinez.

‘Ryo is a footballer that we really admire and has an incredible future in front of him so if we could work with him for a longer period we would be very happy to do that.’

Miyaichi joined Arsenal from Sylphid FC in 2010 before enjoying loan spells with Feyenoord and Bolton before his spell at the DW Stadium.

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