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Arsenal sign Ryo Miyaichi: early thoughts and notes from the web

Earlier today Arsenal announced the signing of 18-year old Japanese forward Ryo Miyaichi, who had a trial with the club in August. He impressed Arsène Wenger enough that the manager signed him. Of course, Wenger was manager of Grampus Eight, a professional club in Japan, immediately before becoming Arsenal's new manager in 1997, and doubtless still has many connections in the country.

Here is some reaction to the signing from around the internet:

The Guardian suggests that the signing may bring additional benefits beyond just the player:

Wenger, who coached the Japanese side Grampus Eight before joining Arsenal in 1996, also said that "it's very important that Asia is represented at our club".

Nobody knows too much about Miyaichi, of course, but his wikipedia page says that he's scored one goal in four appearances for the Japan U17s, so there's that.

He will no doubt be used initially as a youth and reserve player, and probably will see some time in the Carling Cup (although perhaps not in this year's competition). New signings are always exciting, though, and one would hope that Miyaichi is as dynamic a player as Wenger believes he is.