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One last chance for Ryo at Arsenal?

Ryo Miyaichi is approaching fitness, so, in theory at least, could yet muscle his way into the reckoning at Arsenal.

For a change, it's encouraging news for Ryo, as Arsene Wenger fielded questions on injuries at the club.

Wenger told Arsenal.com: 'Ryo is very close after injury', so quite feasibly he will be fit before his main wing rivals: Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry.

The boss has made it clear he will not countenance loaning out Serge Gnabry, who effectively usurped Ryo in the pecking order last summer.

Theo Walcott won't be fit until late August at the earliest, so if Ryo's fit before that he could have one last chance to stake a claim for a wide position.

Then again, the boss is still likely to prefer Sanchez or Oxlade-Chamberlain to Ryo, so even optimistic observers like myself think his future is bleak at Arsenal.

The Capital One Cup is not until late September, so Ryo really needs a lucky break before then.

I think it's most likely that he'll be loaned out, as he's not even in Arsenal's preliminary Champions League squad.

Ryo's last chance might have to be elsewhere, but if he impresses then perhaps Arsenal will recall him.

He needs to make the sort of impact that Jack Wishere made at Bolton and try to avoid injury for a while.

Maybe then we'll see the real Ryo.

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