Arsenal take on league Champions Manchester City this weekend for the Community Shield followed by the league opener against Crystal Palace 6 days latter. And with around 3 weeks left of the summer transfer window followed by the departure of the clubs captain Thomas vermaelen, Arsenal could yet again welcome back to its ranks one of its promising talents who have had his career so far blighted with series of injuries.
Arsenal’s Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi is close to returning to training with the Gunners, with reports suggesting he’ll be back as early as next Monday.
Miyaichi will try to make this season his breakthrough year at the club as he enters his fourth season with Arsenal. Injuries have plagued the player since his move to the club in 2011, after impressing during a trial period.
The winger has also been sent out on loan three times, with his first loan deal at Dutch side Feyenoord showcasing his true talent, as he scored three goals in 12 Eredivisie games. Pundits and journalists in the country later compared Miyaichi to Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi.
Later loan deals at Bolton and Wigan Athletic were hampered by injuries, with Miyaichi being substituted just 45 minutes into his return from injury. He has also struggled to get into the first-team at Arsenal when free of injuries, making just five apparances, all of which came last season.
Miyaichi may be headed out on loan again, however, with rumours of a return to the Eredivisie growing stronger by the day. The signing of Alexis Sánchez and return of Joel Campbell to Arsenal makes the deal even more likely.
Will Wenger include the 21-year-old in his plans for the season or will he be yet again loaned out as previously done over the last 3-years.