Miyaichi: The area of my game Arsene Wenger wants me to improve
Written by Renzo on November 11, 2011 4:45
Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi is fully aware of the fact that his chance, as a regular, with the Gunners, will probably not be this season.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, the Japanese declared that his focus at the moment is to do well in training, to learn what it means to play alongside top players and to also learn English, as he confessed that he was initially shy after joining the Gunners following his loan spell in Holland, with Feyenoord.
Asked about the area of his game he is focusing on during training, the youngster revealed that manager Arsene Wenger wants him to improve his first touch as it’s important considering the attacking style of his game.
On securing a regular place and training, the 18-year old said:
I am not in a rush [to secure a regular place]. The manager advises me not to and to concentrate on training.
The biggest change is that I train and play with these top players. I never imagined myself in this position a year ago when I was playing in the high school championship qualifiers in Japan.
I can tell I am improving a lot through training sessions with my team-mates. I am also getting used to expressing myself to them without hesitation.
I felt quite positive when I dribbled pass those international players in training sessions.
I have confidence in myself to a certain extent as I train with these world-class footballers.
I was too shy and nervous when I first joined the team. Now I feel more settled living in this environment.
Arsenal found an English teacher for me. I suppose I am improving, I can understand what the coaches say.
I was a bit more confident about what I was doing in Holland. But the Premier League is on a totally different level.
In England it is easy to lose the ball if your passing is loose. Being able to judge is crucial.
I learned a lot about the importance of first touch. This is particularly important to my style of attacking.
Arsène Wenger emphasises this and I want to focus more and more on it too.
We have a lot of training in tight spaces which makes me concentrate on how to make most of my first touch.