LONDON – Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi was granted a British work permit on Tuesday despite a lack of international appearances for Japan and is set to make his debut for the Premier League club.
The 18-year-old Miyaichi was signed in January but spent the rest of last season on loan at Dutch club Feyenoord as he didn't have official clearance to play for the London club.
Arsenal said Miyaichi was granted a work permit on the grounds of his ''exceptional talent.''
''We are absolutely delighted that Ryo has been granted a work permit,'' Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. ''This is almost like a new signing for us, as we weren't completely sure we would be given the authorization. Ryo has worked extremely hard in preseason and performed very well during the matches in Asia, Germany and Portugal.''
''Ryo has natural technical ability,'' Wenger said after a Football Association panel met at Wembley Stadium. ''He has good balance and phenomenal pace, and his passing and crossing is consistently of a high quality.
''He is a very exciting player. He had a successful time with Feyenoord in the Netherlands last season, who gave him the opportunity to play regularly, and we're looking forward to his contribution this coming season with Arsenal.''
Wenger coached Japanese side Grampus Eight before joining Arsenal in 1996.
Miyaichi will be eligible to play for Arsenal's first team once the work permit paperwork goes through.