Ryo Miyaichi: What I have been working on since joining Arsenal
Written by Renzo on October 31, 2011 4:45
Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi confessed that the English language was not a major problem in London although the accent of some was a surprise.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website earlier this month, the Japanese opted not to describe the language barrier as a big shock as he spoke English when on-loan at Feyenoord in Holland as he added that the “real shock” for him as a footballer was the difference between the Dutch league and the English Premier League.
Describing the transition as a “big change”, the 18-year old revealed that since he joined the Gunners in the summer he focused on improving his technique, tactics and also physicality adding that Arsenal is the place to be for a youngster who wants to improve.
Miyaichi featured and impressed in the last part of the Carling Cup game against Bolton that the Gunners won by two goals to one, reaching the Last 8 of the competition and set to host Manchester City in the next round, at the Emirates.
On his first few months at Arsenal, the Japanese said:
[The language problem] wasn’t a big shock really, especially because I spent six months in Holland with Feyenoord.
The real shock was the difference in football between the Dutch league and the Premier League.
It’s a big change in level so I feel I need to get used to the style of the game here.
I was trying to speak English in Holland, because I had to, so my use of the language improved.
But then it was a real shock to see the difference in accent here in London, and it’s often very difficult to understand what people are saying!
If I was to say ‘everything’ has changed I think that would be right. I have been learning technique, tactics and physicality.
There have been a lot of new things over the past few months. I believe in Arsenal and know that I will get better as my time here continues.