“He’s a young exciting player and he showed that… In terms of his general play and how positive he was, he’s exciting, he gets you out your seat, made a couple of great chances… he was a big positive today.” – Owen Coyle on Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi.
On the same day that Thierry Henry may have scored his last ever Premier League goal for Arsenal and made his last appearance for the Gunners in the English top flight, a new starlet from Arsene Wenger’s conveyor belt came on to the scene.
After playing twice for Arsenal in the Carling Cup, Ryo Miyaichi played his first ever Premier League game in Bolton colours as he was introduced as a half-time substitute against Wigan.
This time last year the 19-year-old Japanese forward was ripping up the Eredivisie with Feyenoord but Arsenal fans will have been intrigued to see how he would get on in a real relegation scrap at the DW Stadium.
Miyaichi put in an energetic shift on the left wing and was desperately unlucky not to score an equaliser for Bolton with just five minutes to go as Ali Al Habsi made a fine save from the Arsenal man.
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