Wenger on first winter transfer business - wonderkid loan?

Left sided forward, Ryo Miyaichi, may temporarily leave North London to obtain regular first team football, Arsenal boss confirms.

The first piece of transfer window business that Arsene Wenger may well look to conclude does not concern any imports, such as the speculated £2m transfer swoop for Dimitar Berbatov or the more audacious £30m plunge for Diego Costa, but, rather, an export, as the Arsenal manager hopes 21-year-old winger/forward Ryo Miyaichi gains a suitable admirer who can offer first-team football in an elite environment.

'He needs to play in the second half of the season, if I find a good opportunity for him, I will consider it,' Wenger is quoted to have said by the club's official website late last night, Saturday, January 4.

The twice-capped Japan international has already enjoyed three loan spells, to Feyenoord in 2011, Bolton Wanderers the following year and, most recently, to Wigan Athletic.

Thus far, this experience has not yet seen him break into the senior squad on a consistent basis despite how highly he is thought of by the current roster of players such as Theo Walcott (who cites his close control and skill-level to be impressive).

Thus far this season, Miyaichi has received 18 minutes of Premier League football, 17 minutes of Champions League action (including qualifiers), two League Cup appearances and three games in the U21 Premier League.

He is recovering from a tight hamstring.

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