Several weeks back Arsenal confirmed that Japanese forward Ryo Miyaichi will be joining the Gunners in January 2011.
Much in keeping with many signings during the Wenger era, 18-year-old Miyaichi is a player whom few know anything about. Playing in his native homeland, the Gunners snapped up the youngster after he impressed during a trial earlier in 2010, and there have only been limited occasions in which Arsenal fans have been able to get a glimpse of their latest acquisition.
That has now changed however as Miyaichi’s has starred during the All Japan High School Tournament.
As a quick aside, the All Japan High School Tournament is an annual, nationwide, high-profile high school association football tournament. The competition is the largest scale amateur tournament in Japan, and is taken very seriously.
Representing Chukyodai Chuyko High School (wearing white), Ryo Miyaichi starred in his team’s first match of the games.
After just nine minutes Miyaichi proved the provider for the opening goal of the match. The Chukyodai number nine collected the ball just inside his own half on the left hand side. Showing excellent pace the teenager then soared down the wing, before showing cool composure to lift his head and cross for his teammate to score.
After twenty minutes though, Ryo went one better. Bringing back memories of how Thierry Henry used to play for Arsenal, Miyaichi received the ball tight on the left touchline before coming inside and orchestrating a one-two. With the return pass being top draw, Miyaichi collected the ball in his opponent’s box and slipped home a fine finish.
Ryo Miyaichi’s assist and goal for Chukyodai Chuyko High School can be seen here.