Gunners starlet on target
Japanese ace opens account
By Edwin Chong. Last Updated: February 14, 2011 9:14am
Arsenal sensation Ryo Miyaichi is over the moon after scoring his first goal in Feyenoord's 2-1 win over Heracles at the weekend.
The Japanese winger joined Arsenal straight out of high school in January and was immediately loaned out to gain valuable match experience.
He is quickly becoming a cult hero at De Kuip despite making only his second appearance for the club on Saturday.
The 18 year-old unleashed an unstoppable shot into the net after chesting down Diego Bisewar's cross 18 minutes into the game.
"For me, it was a feeling of pure joy on the field. I'm delighted to have scored my first goal for Feyenoord," an ecstatic Miyaichi told the club's official website.
"It was a great feeling to have my name chanted by the supporters.
"I am honoured to be a part of this team."
Few had dreamed the skilful teenager would make such an impact having never played a professional league game before.
On his debut against Vitesse Arnhem last Sunday, he was easily Feyenoord's best player after tormenting the opponent's defence with his penetrating runs.
His exquisite goal against Heracles has now got the Dutch media talking, with some already nicknaming him "Ryodinho" after comparisons to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.