Japanese playmaker Ryo Miyaichi sealed his latest loan move to Wigan yesterday, and he will hope it brings about his eventual breakthrough to the Arsenal first team.
It was while on loan at Dutch club Feyenoord that he really caught the eye, scoring three times and providing five assists in 12 Eredivisie games.
Upon his arrival back at the Emirates last season, there were high hopes that he could force his way into the Arsenal team, but a torrid start to the campaign ensured it was no time for the Gunners to be blooding youngsters.
He was loaned to Bolton in the New Year, a move which promised much but didn't quite materialise to its full potential. With Andrey Arshavin moving onto Russia in February, there may even have been opportunities for him in the latter part of the season at the Emirates.
At Bolton he started off superbly, scoring against Millwall in the FA Cup, and turning in a man-of-the-match performance against QPR, laying on the assist for Ivan Klasnic's winner.
However as the the relegation battle intensified, Miyaichi's impact lessened, and he ended the season on the bench rather than on the pitch, not even featuring at all in the Trotters final two games.
Clearly the breakthrough Arsenal had hoped for wasn't quite there. Loan moves to Bolton did wonders for Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge who performed well after January switches and went back to their respective clubs - straight into the first team.
But almost straight after Bolton's relegation, they started making noises about bringing him back on loan to the Reebok.
Arsenal did well to resist this move, for loaning the Japanese starlet to a team in the Championship would be of no use to club or player. Miyaichi needs to play Premier League football and establish himself, in order to prepare himself for the rigours of the demands at Arsenal.
The Gunners have so many options in attack at present, and Miyaichi found himself likely to be squeezed out at a time when he needs to be playing regularly for his development.
So it is disappointing that after the months at Bolton he has not returned to make an immediate impact- all fans want to see an exciting player such as he reach his potential at the club, but this switch to Wigan is a good move for him and Arsenal.
He is likely to get regular opportunities, and Roberto Martinez is a good manager who will play to his strengths. From now going forward he needs to kick on. He will want to return to Arsenal a better player next year and ready to make an impact.
He doesn't want to fall into the Carlos Vela cycle of endless loans, so Miyaichi needs to make this one count.
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