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Ryo Miyaichi: What Does the Future Hold for the Youngster?

“We’re delighted that Ryo Miyaichi has joined us. He trialled with us in the summer and has raw ability which has attracted many clubs around the world. We wish him luck in Rotterdam with Feyenoord and we look forward to helping him with his continued progression when he returns to Arsenal.” – Arsene Wenger

In Miyaichi’s debut for Feyernoord against Vitesse Arnhem, he was awarded the Man of the Match award. This was followed with his first goal as well as an assist against Heracles Armelo that endeared the young lad into the hearts of the Dutch fans in Rotterdam. Miyaichi then had the game of his life when Feyernoord decimated Willem II as the Japanese bloke scored two goals and supplied two assists in the 6-1 victory.

This led the Dutch media to label him with the nickname, Ryodinho in comparison to the legendary Ronaldinho Gaucho. Following a very successful loan spell at Feyernoord where he notched up three goals in 12 games, Arsenal battled hard to get a conditional work permit for the lad on the grounds of being an ‘exceptional young talent’, which meant that Arsene Wenger wanted him to be part of his plans for the 2011/12 campaign.

However, he was limited to two League Cup appearances against Shrewsbury Town and Bolton Wanderers but he featured consistently for the Reserves. In the tail end of the campaign, Miyaichi suffered an ankle injury that sidelined him for a lengthy spell. In the winter transfer window, Miyaichi was sent on loan to Bolton to go under the tutelage of Owen Coyle, the manager that worked wonders for Jack Wilshere and Danny Sturridge.

Ryo Miyaichi scored his first goal in English football inside the first five minutes in Bolton’s 5th Round victory over Millwall. Miyaichi used his great pace to reach a through ball before making a superb first touch to move the ball away from the defender. He opened his body up and scored a goal reminiscent of Park Chu-Young’s curler against Bolton.

Owen Coyle ran out of superlatives for the Japanese youngster:

“He showed what a talent he is. There’s other stuff he can learn, but he’s brave and tough – he stood up to some of the treatment he got – and he always plays with a smile on his face, which I absolutely love.”

Coyle added that he had been keen on the player for some time, even though he has only made two substitute appearances for the Gunners’ first-team, and was thrilled when Wenger gave him permission to take him on loan. After 14 appearances on loan for Lancashire outfit, Miyaichi returned to the Gunners with hopes of making his mark but he was sent on loan to Wigan Athletic, but his time with the Latics was marred by countless injuries.

Last season, the Japanese winger was further down the pecking order but he managed to get a handful of appearances in the Capital One Cup and a couple of substitute appearances in the Champions League. This summer, he has been shipped out again to FC Twente, and the Dutch side would be hoping that he can replicate the form he showed in his Feyernoord days.

The player himself has shared his thoughts following his move to the Dutch outfit,

‘Feyenoord in July had been interested, but FC Twente at the last moment were the only club who were really concrete. Here I can develop myself.

‘I think I’m stronger than four years ago, I have more confidence. When I played at Feyenoord, I was still a child. I’ve grown, although I am still only 21 years old’.

This move to FC Twente is Miyaichi’s fourth different club in five seasons at Arsenal and with his contract due to expire in 2016, this could be a defining move in his young fledgling career and I hope, for his sake, he does well at Holland. Twente lost their key man, Dusan Tadic, to Southampton this summer and in Miyaichi, they have a winger that creates space for others and he’s blessed with lightning pace and good dribbling ability.

I’d monitor his progress this season and we’d have to watch and see what the future hold for Ryo Miyaichi.


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Miyaichi For Olympics, M’Vila Arrested and Talks For Vertonghen


Watching Liverpool crumble yet again to a team that has never won on Merseyside showcased how inconsistent Kenny Dalglish’s team has become. Days ago, they dispatched Norwich through the heroics of Luis Suarez and the goal he used to seal his first hat-trick for Liverpool was a jaw dropper.

With two games left to play, the Reds are currently in eighth place and could even sink further down the table. Despite all these shortcomings, Liverpool has a cup final this weekend against Chelsea and they stand a chance of securing the honors the Arsenal Class of  ’93 had.

With all the wads of cash spent by Dalglish, Liverpool has been an aberration in the Premier League this season. A team that almost won the Premier League in 2009 has fallen from grace so badly, that it has become a norm not to see them challenging for honors with the elite.

Food for thought: Would you rather win two Cup finals and end up in mid-table or go without a trophy but end up in third place?

On the international scene, the FA has decided to announce a manager before the Euwos. Wily Ol’ Woy Hodgson has been selected as the man to take England forward ahead of Twitchy Ol’ ‘Arry. This bit of news will certainly bring an extra twitch to his face but reports have emerged revealing that it was his wife, Sandra Red Napkin, that stopped him from getting the job.

Woy has weceived backing from Jack Wilshere and Steven Gerrard has also welcomed the Wily manager, labelling him as a good man and a good manager.

Now that the fate of the senior team has been decided, eyes are still firmly fixed on Stuart Pearce’s Olympic selection for Team Great Britain. While the likes of Kieran Gibbs and Aaron Ramsey will be odds on to represent the team, Wilshere was the subject of some speculation and power tussle but he has but the mad manager firmly in his place.

The Japan Blue Samurais will also participate in the Olympic games and Arseblog News has reported that their representatives are in talks with Arsenal over the availability of Ryo Miyaichi for the forthcoming Summer competition.

Arsene Wenger would want Miyaichi to get all the football he can get before joining his side next season and I’ll be somewhat surprised if he doesn’t give the nod. Miyaichi has been finding his feet in England and he has been on Owen Coyle’s good books in his short loan spell at Bolton.

His only goal to date was scored in the FA Cup against Millwall and trust me, it’s worth a second look.

Moving over to transfer news, football’s worst kept secret, Lukas Podolski, was exposed a few days ago and a few more “quality” signings are expected in due time. Wenger has stated that he’s looking forward to watching his new kid on the block in the forthcoming Euros while Wilshere had sweet words for him on Twitter.!/JackWilshere/status/196948792812113922

The article on the club’s website shows how Podolski ticks all the boxes for Arsenal, and a few journos listed his qualities emphasizing on each of them with so much detail that can be as glaring as checking the ape-like qualities Gareth Bale possesses.

It’s worth a read.

While the likes of Stephane Sessegnon and Lucas Bilgia have openly dismissed rumors linking them to Arsenal, Jan Vertonghen is keen on joining the Gunners. The Metro reports that Arsenal are in open transfer talks with Ajax of a move for the defender.

Vertonghen has already told Ajax officials he wants to quit the club this summer, and with just 12 months left on his current deal, manager Frank De Boer is believed to have sanctioned his sale now in order to claim maximum profit.

It is believed that Arsene Wenger wants to do his business swiftly to show his intent for the upcoming season and to probably also give Robin van Persie something to think about in regard to the club’s ambition.
However, there has been some sour news regarding another Arsenal potential transfer prospect. Yann M’Vila was arrested for assault on a 17-year-old man but he has been released. His lawyer, Thierry Fillion, quoted:
“Yann has acknowledged that it was an inappropriate response but provoked by the betrayal of the trust he gave to this young man.“As it stands, no decision has been taken yet by the Rennes prosecutor on this case but the file will be forwarded to him within eight to 10 days.”
Arsene Wenger is a manager that doesn’t tolerate off the field mishaps but I believe that he may overlook this in his bid to secure this services of M’Vila. He’s no messiah no doubt, but his quality is still needed at the club.
That’s yer lot for today.

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My Thoughts on Marouane Chamakh and his Shisha Incident

Shisha Boyz

There was a certain Moroccan sensation that played his entire career in Girondins de Bordeaux before switching to the Red half of North London. He started with a few goals during the preseason before forcing Pepe Reina to score an own goal on the opening day of last season in Anfield.

He scored his first goal on his home debut against recently relegated Blackpool before joining the party when Arsenal thrashed Bolton by 4-1 in September. He also scored on his Champions League debut in the 6-0 spanking of eventual Europa League finalists SC Braga and continued his personal scoring record in the competition that extended from his Bordeaux days.

He scored in his Arsenal’s second Champions League tie against Partizan before scoring the match winner against Birmingham City in mid-October. He scored again in Arsenal’s third Champions League game against Shakhtar and it seemed as if he was destined to score in every game of the Champions League as long as he played.

The goals dried up a bit but he found some form again in November scoring a brace against Wolves before scoring Tottenham and Aston Villa. Marouane Chamakh’s toe poke in Villa Park was his 10th goal in just 21 appearances averaging a goal every two games then Robin van Persie came along and Chamakh found himself relegated to the bench and featured in lowly Cup ties.

In recent times, Chamakh has been a ghostly figure on the pitch and the player that amassed a goal in two has currently scored just two goals with his last being against Blackburn in September 2011. It’s so unfortunate to see how his form waned like a player that returned from a long-term injury.

In the wake of Arsenal’s recent dent in form with a loss against Queens Park Rangers, Chamakh was pictured with his compatriot Adel Taarabt smoking a shisha pipe. Shisha is a waterpipe in which fruit-scented tobacco is burned using coal, passed through a water vessel and inhaled through a hose.

This has caused an uprising among journos, fans and even Arsene Wenger, who was reportedly “fuming” after hearing the news. It’s also funny to know that Arsenal has had dealings with smoking players in recent times.

Last year Laurent Koscielny was caught after the club’s end of season awards clutching a pack of cigarettes, while William Gallas was told his behaviour was ‘unacceptable’ in 2008 after the then captain was pictured outside a London nightclub with a cigarette in his mouth.

Many people believe that Chamakh smoking shisha isn’t a “big deal” but you’ll have to question the Moroccan’s professionalism. The fact that Adel Taarabt put a nail in Arsenal’s coffin on Saturday wasn’t enough, Chamakh accompanied him after the game to get him involved in a pot fest.

There’s no proof to justify if shisha is better/worse than smoking cigarettes but in my opinion, the timing was very wrong for Chamakh.

If he did it in the comfort of his home without any witnesses anywhere, the article probably wouldn’t have been in existence. Players have done worse, Chamakh hasn’t gone to interrupt any press conference or throw darts at an Arsenal intern.

He certainly hasn’t lighted his house up with fireworks. Way to go, Super Mario.

However, tales are emerging that Arsene Wenger and Mark Hughes should decide their fates but Chamakh has declared that he’s staying at Arsenal:

“Am I going back to Bordeaux? For now, no. I have spoken to Wenger and I will stay at Arsenal. I think he trusts my work and I will have opportunities in the first team.

“I left Bordeaux to improve as a player and I think I can continue for this club. My agents have been ordered to reject bids that come from other clubs because I want to prove I can be useful for the Gunners.”

With the potential arrival of Lukas Podolski, his chances of featuring will be further diminished.

In other Arsenal related news, Walcott believes that Ryodinho is ready to play for Arsenal, Robin van Persie shares how he evolved as a striker and the Ox remains calm despite claims for a Euro 2012 place.

I just shared my thoughts on Maroaune Chamakh and his shisha incident,

What’s yours.


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