Ryo Miyaichi has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering an ankle injury on loan at Wigan Athletic. After the injury at Everton could it be he will follow the footsteps of Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere?
In recent times Arsenal have certainly had their fair share of bad luck when it comes to their most talented players.
Jack Wilshere springs to mind. Easily one of the most talented footballers produced by this country in a generation and his ankle problems have relegated him to a potentially injury prone never-was from his teenage years. Just when he was showing signs of permanent repair he is ruled out for four weeks with more ankle damage.
With young players the problem seems to be worse.
Take Abou Diaby for instance. When he first arrived he looked like a tower of strength in the heart of midfield and the final replacement for Patrick Vieira in North London.
However since a serious ankle break against Sunderland in 2006 the French international has only ever been able to show glimpses of his raw ability due to a succession of serious injury problems.
The list certainly does not stop there.
Aaron Ramsey has taken a long time to recover from his horror leg break courtesy of Ryan Shawcross and some say he never really has while two days before his birthday a 24-year-old Brazilian-Croatian talent called Eduardo suffered a now infamous leg fracture against Birmingham City which effectively ended his Arsenal career.
Yes trying to make it through the ranks at Arsenal can be difficult. The talented but unlucky Conor Henderson is another example. In 2011 he made his Arsenal debut against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup and was outstanding in a 5-0 victory which prompted Arsene Wenger to confirm him as a player for the first team. His severe knee injuries have since restricted him and his time at The Emirates seems to be coming to an end.
Now you can start thinking about adding another name to that list as the blisteringly quick and exponentially talented Ryo Miyaichi looks set to miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury. The problem comes just weeks after returning from a groin problem that had kept him out since March.
This season was supposed to be the Japanese stars breakout year whilst on-loan at Wigan Athletic but he has made just seven appearances for The Latics due to his severe injury problems.
Knowing what he is capable of from his loan spells with Feyenoord and Bolton Wanderers it could be that injury puts paid to yet another potentially outstanding talent at Arsenal Football Club, although for all concerned let's hope he bounces back.
What do you make of Miyaichi’s tumultuous campaign?
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