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Gunners Secure the Signature of “The New Thierry Henry”

Ryo MiyaichiArsenal have confirmed the signing of 17-year-old Japanese starlet, Ryo Miyaichi.

The Japanese wonderkid is set to play at the All Japan High School Soccer Tournament and then will head to North London in January.

Manager, Arsene Wenger told the club’s website that he was looking forward to sculpting a career for the schoolboy striker.

“I am delighted Ryo will be joining us in the New Year,” said Wenger.

“He trialled with us in the summer and has raw ability which has attracted many clubs around the world.

“I look forward to helping him fulfill his potential here at Arsenal.”

Miyaichi has been linked with a move to Arsenal for some time, despite interest from many top clubs worldwide. Arsenal will hope to aid the development of the young star in the same way they have with Cesc Fabregas or Jack Wilshire.

But who is this mystery kid?

Miyaichi has been on the Gunners radar since 2009. He trialled with the north London outfit before moving to trial with Ajax Amsterdam, where unfortunately he suffered a double fracture in his leg. A deal may have been mooted sooner, but at such a young age, Wenger would have been taking a huge risk signing a player before a full recovery.

The Japanese starlet has often been compared to Thierry Henry and Christiano Ronaldo for his fast paced drives and complicated trickery on the ball. Miyaichi also boasts a huge self-confidence often associated with the Portuguese winger.

Miyaichi has played at national level for Japan since the age of 13 and even starred in the ill-fated U-17 World Cup in Nigeria last year. Japan lost all three of their fixtures, but the young forward did impress at times throughout.

Injury setbacks have plagued Miyaichi, but he is now an integral part of the Japanese U-19s squad and he continues with his development.

The Japanese starlet is expected to sign a 5-year-deal with Arsenal as soon as he turns 18 with a full recovery from his injuries expected early next year.

Wenger’s popularity in Japan may have been what won over the 17-year-old striker. The Frenchman managed Nagoya Grampus during the mid-90s for a season and a half before joining Arsenal.

Check out the wonderkid in this video below!

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