Japanese Gooners – what’s happened to Ryo and Takuma?

Happy Sunday and happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. May you be gifted with pieces of paper with writing scrawled on it. And beer. Or wine. 

I’m in the sunny West of France with the in-laws, having spent the weekend relaxing, and with the total lack of interesting Arsenal related news I pretty much gave up blogging yesterday. But I’ve got a spare 20 minutes today so I thought I’d pen a thought or two. Mainly about our Japanese footballers. Don’t ask me why they popped in to my head, they just did, although whilst I am mainly thinking of former Gooner Ryo Miyachi and the forgotten man Takumo Asano, I’m not going to go back as far as reminiscing about Junichi Inamoto.

But it did make me wonder what Miyachi is up to these days. A quick check on Wikipedia confirmed his current whereabouts at St Pauli and last season he made 16 appearances and scored two goals. 

For a guy that was dubbed the Japanese Ronaldinho by Feyenoord fans in 2010, it does seem quite a fizzling out of a career that had Arsenal fans getting excited about his potential, and I’m pretty sure there was a call for him to get more game time after that initial loan spell.

Sadly he never really looked like he developed, did he? And so he finds himself in the second tier of German football and the excitement over his career when he signed for Arsenal must feel like a lifetime ago.

Which brings me to Takuma Asano, who my iPhone clearly has an issue with, because it keeps changing his surname to ‘Adams’. Asano was signed last season, loaned to Stuttgart, made 27 appearances and scored four goals. It’s hardly a sparkling return for him, but the fact he’s playing more football than Miyachi did for teams suggests that at least he’s being given a chance to show his potential, and I suspect we’ll see a tiny bit of him in pre season this season.

But I’d be surprised if Arsène is calling for Arsenal fans to chill a bit in relation to a new striker, because we’ve got Asano, who can fill the insatiable void that we have for a new signing.

Asano may yet prove to be a good player and I think a second year on loan – I believe at Stuttgart – will probably have a positive impact on him, but at 22 going on 23, he’s hardly got loads of time to develop himself.

The cynic in me thinks that he’s just the latest Japanese poster boy at Arsenal to capitalise on revenues in the Far East, but I don’t think Arsène is a man to do that, which means he’s clearly just another Sanogo-shaped punt. It does make me start to wonder how many punts Arsenal and other Premier League teams have with players every season. We do hear of a fair few and very rarely to any get beyond a few league cup appearances. 

It makes you wonder whether it’s all worth it. I guess the theory is that if you kiss enough frogs eventually one turns out ok, but it seems a lot of effort, and I’d love to know how much money we outlay just to keep these players in contracts when they don’t give any kind of return to the club. 

Then when we do get one – like Gnabry – we just take our eye of the ball for a bit (sending him on loan) and end up losing out. I could probably write a whole other piece about the Gnabry situation, but I think I’ll just leave it there for now, because we’ve all got better things to do on a Sunday than read my warblings. 

So I’m off downstairs to have myself a croissant. Au revoir for another day.

About the Author:

Gooner born in 1982 from Harlow, Essex, with a love for Arsenal that knows. I'm not an AKb, nor am I an 'In Arsene we Rust', but I like to think that I can tip-toe between the two, occasionally veering into both camps.


  1. Sean Williams 18th June 2017 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Wenger is out of control when it come to freebies and cheapies. He is flawed by his anal character. By now we should have Lacazette, Lamar, Mahrez, and other top quality players. Who do we have….a freebie. We know that he will say how hard it is to sign anybody, how hard he tried. We know he is lying. We know that on transfer deadline day at 10.30pm he will be making four panic buys. He is so damaged it’s unbelievable he conned the board into another two years.

  2. Emeka fabian 18th June 2017 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Am so tired of Wenger sometimes I ask myself why am I an arsenal fan. Every year the man keep doing the same mistake.

  3. Spencer 18th June 2017 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Mbappe is overrated. Might be tough but Wenger should sell Giroud, Walcott, Gibbs, Chambers and bring in Carrsaco, Mahrez, Lemar and Lacazette

  4. Martin 21st June 2017 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    wenger knows best.

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