by Lewis Ambrose

It has been confirmed by FC St. Pauli that Ryo Miyaichi has joined them, signing a three year contract.

The 22 year-old joined Arsenal in 2011 but was released last week after he failed to make any real impression at the club.

Blessed with an incredible amount of pace, Miyaichi found his opportunities extremely limited only featuring for the Arsenal first-team on seven occasions.

Four of those appearances came in the League Cup, totalling just 220 minutes.

Loans

During his time at Arsenal, Miyaichi featured in a number of loan spells.

He impressed fans at Feyenoord so much in the 2011/12 season that he was nicknamed ‘Ryodinho’ in the Netherlands, but another spell in the Eredivisie during the 2014/15 campaign was sour as he appeared for FC Twente’s reserve side more than the first team.

There was also an impressive loan to Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League but that amounted to nothing as ultimately didn’t progress as Arsenal would have wished.

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St. Pauli finished 15th in the 2. Bundesliga last season and confirmed the signing through their official Twitter account on Thursday afternoon.

Miyaichi has won two caps for Japan – both when he was 19 – and joins a whole host of Asian players plying their trade in the top two flights of German football.

We wish Ryo all the best at St. Pauli, and hope that, with regular football, he can find enough form to force himself back into the national side.

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