Arsenal starlet needs to move to save World Cup dream

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20-year-old flying winger Ryo Miyaichi looks to have hit a dead end in his Arsenal career - where could he go next? Leeds United and Nottingham Forest would be good options writes Stephen Pickering.

The Japanese youngster once tipped to become an Arsenal superstar should calling it a day on his career in North London. 

Miyaichi is closing in on his twenty-first birthday and when that hits on the 14th December, he can no longer hide behind his age.

Arsenal fans are used to waiting patiently for players to come good, but even the kindest and most patient fan will expect more than 5 first-team games by the 21st birthday, especially when earning a first-team wage. 

Forever slipping down the Emirates pecking order, he now finds himself behind two younger and much better potential players in England's Oxlade Chamberlain and Germany's Serge Gnabry. So, I think even the most optimistic fan can be forgiven for giving up on the Japanese international.

It isn't all bad for the Miyaichi. Despite the disappointment leaving the Emirates would bring, after serving several years there - it could help his bid for a World Cup place.

He has previously won 2 international caps with Japan and it isn't beyond the realms of possibility that he could break into the squad, just in time for the tournament in Brazil. 

If he is going to be able to do this then he needs to earn himself a good move that is going to thrust him back into the spotlight.

He still has enough about him to attract a lower-league Premier League club, he has done that before, but I feel that a move to the Championship would benefit the player greater in terms of building his reputation. 

He has enough pace and trickery in his locker to be a major asset in the Championship, and a promotion chasing club like Leeds United or Nottingham Forest would be able to benefit immensely from his services.

What will happen with the player either in January, or in the summer remains to be seen. I feel that the sooner he moves, the better for both him and Arsenal.

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