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14 August 2012

10 quick facts about Latics fleet-footed new signing

The Japanese winger signed for Wigan Athletic yesterday on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal but, if you're not familiar with the 19-year-old here is a quick run through of his career so far.

1. Ryo made his move from Japan to England in January 2011 after a successful trial at Arsenal in the summer previous.

2. Some of the winger’s firsts in English football have come against Latics, with his Arsenal Reserve debut in August 2011 seeing him score and of course his loan debut and first taste of Barclays Premier League football being for Bolton Wanderers in Latics’ 2-1 victory at the Reebok Stadium in February 2012.

3. He has represented Japan at under 19 level on eight occasions, scoring once but after impressing during his loan spell at Bolton he was given the call for the senior national side for who he made his debut against Azerbaijan in May 2012 as a substitute.

4. He also starred for Japan in the FIFA Under 17 World Cup in 2009.

5. After signing for Arsenal at the age of 18, Miyaichi was sent out on loan to Dutch side Feyenoord where he flourished scoring three goals in 12 games and being on the losing side just twice.

6. His appearances at parent club Arsenal have been limited to the League Cup in which he has featured twice, against Shrewsbury Town and Bolton.

7. During last season with Bolton, Miyaichi failed to score a goal in the league but, he did turn provider for the winning goals in crucial relegation clashes against Blackburn Rovers and Queens Park Rangers.

8. Miyaichi is known for his blistering speed but, it was his skilful feet that earned him the nickname of Ryodinho when on loan at Feyenoord.

9. His preparations for the new season saw him travel as part of Arsenal’s Far East tour as he featured in games against Kitchee FC and a Malaysia XI.

10. The Japanese name ‘Ryo’ appropriately means to exceed or excel, something which Miyaichi will be looking to do during his spell at Wigan Athletic.

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