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Red Detective's view: Thoughts on Ryo Miyaichi and Jan Vertonghen

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Ryo Miyaichi could bring an X-factor to Arsenal’s attack next season if he is not sent out on loan. Polite, keen, irrepressibly determined and set to sell a vast number of shirts for the brand in Asia, his boyish looks will be a marketing dream. His direct runs taunt defenders whilst his courage on the ball mimics the style of a younger Andrei Arshavin. 

He has an amazing attitude, exuberant smile and a bit of the George Best about him. Kicks, flying tackles and close marking do not seem to phase him in the way that other young players seem to get frustrated by. Bolton look an average and workman-like side this season, and without his unpredictability, bravery and  raw pace they would be far worse off this year. 

Next season he could be competing for a wide role against a combination of players like Podolski, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, and even Junior Hoilett or Salomon Kalou. Wenger will not want him overplayed whilst so young, and I suspect the Frenchman will want to develop him on the training pitch to ensure he does not get a serious injury in his youth.

The reaction of a lot of Arsenal fans who see our being linked to Jan Vertonghen seems to be ‘we do not need him’, but that is a mark of always having had a small pool of top players under Wenger, and fans not appreciating the magnitude of the club. Granted, Johan Djourou would need to move on – to Juventus if the rumours are accurate. Djourou would excel in the warmer climes of Turin, and playing at a more measured pace would not expose his concentration issues as much as England does. 

Jan Vertonghen, meanwhile, may not set a game alight with flair – but is the kind of player that wins titles. A multi-positional athlete, technically adept at passing and tackling well;  Manchester United would use him in the way they use Park and (previously) John O’Shea. Reliable, hardworking players that show the requisite aggression to control games against lower teams and the also the ability to dominate possession against better teams. Wenger tried to use Eboué as such a player but found his temperament unsuited to it. Ray Parlour might be an example of a more successful player who occupied the role towards the end of his Arsenal career, and Coquelin could be a more current one. 

He has exceptional skills at intercepting passes, is two-footed and excellent on the ball. George Graham would probably play him alongside Alex Song in defensive midfield against teams like Stoke or Blackburn to strengthen the spine and dominate the aerial challenges. He. can strike free kicks and 30 hoarders every bit as well as Vermaelen too. In my view if Arsenal sign him, it is an indication of a progression in the foresight of the club’s management. Progression in terms of ambition and in understanding the necessity for squad depth. 

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Finally a smart and sensible view on players of Vert’s calibre. Truth is we NEED him regardless of whoever we have or upcoming coz of the very reasons you stated above…

A point that should be raised for a fair argument in this article as that Vertonghen, like Djourou, actually seems to have concentration issues. There was an in-depth analysis on him early this year or late last year which basiclly said he is Beckenbauer with concentration issues. As a result, these problems need to be ironed out as he sounds similar to Djourou albeit Vertonghen is more versatile, far more agile (Djourou is fast for a defender but lacking in agility) and has a higher level of ball playing skills. The comments from Ajax fans appear to reflect this… Read more »

Great post. Vertonghen won’t great improve our first team but will add so much in terms of depth.We could sell Djourou,Squillaci and bring Vertonghen and promote Bartley


Nice article, but could’ve been written without slagging Djourou off. He was brilliant last season, this season form has dropped and has been played out of position, that has affected his game. A question, shouldnt the comparison be made with Phil Jones, rather than Park? Park is a wide MF who tracks back a lot, surely you dont see Vertonghen in that role?


Agree with ye shivams comment that a comparison with Phil jones is a good one. Great article though, hope Ryo lives up to the hype as he is still clearly very raw. Vertongan can do nothing but improve us so why not sign him? We are 1 serious injury away from having an average defence again, Djourou and Squillaci out, vertongan in and we have improved the quality of our squad in an important area

To be honest I like Djourou he has all the ingredients to be a great center half tall, strong, good in the air, pacey and not afraid to tackle and throw his body on the line but the only thing he lacks is not concentration but maturity which only comes by playing consistently like Kosielny has had for those reasons I would keep Djourou and loan him out with an instant recall in the loan agreement. On selling a player Squilaci is the obvious candidate to make way for Vertonghen any way so let’s hope he signs. And I notice… Read more »

Sorry bout the spelling typing on a smart phone is a pain in the Arsene


“IF” is the big word in “if” Arsenal sign him. Arsenal have always dithered in the transfer market and I think this summer will be no different. Arsenal will announce Podolski then all will go quiet. Another summer of high blood pressure!!

I’m hoping this summer will be different but I just don’t think leopards change their spots like that!

Jan Vertonghen is an excellent defender. To describe him as a John O’Shea utility man is a bit of an insult. He’s not gonna come here and be happy to be 4th choice, he’s a player who would be a starter for a lot of good clubs in Europe. We won’t sign him imo and, despite him being a very good player, it’s the right decision. You can’t have four high level centre backs in Verm, Kos, Merte and Vertonghen (not to mention Djourou and where does Bartley fit into the equation?) and keep them all happy. You can only… Read more »

What do you think and who we need to buy?

IN –>
Striker : Podolski
Midfield : 2 more player ?
Defend : Jan Vertonghen

Out –>
Striker : ?
Midfield : ?
Defend : ?