Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal are seeking exit options for Ryo Miyaichi for the remainder of the 2013/14 season with the manager admitting the youngster needs more first team experience.
Miyaichi made the move from Japanese club Sylphid FC to Arsenal in 2011 and has since had three loan spells away from the side. After promising performances for Wigan last season – with the spell otherwise hampered by injury - he had hoped he would get a chance from Wenger in the current campaign but the winger has so far featured for the Gunners just five times.
Of those five times just once has been in the league and Wenger has now admitted that he will look into the possibility of sending Miyaichi elsewhere for the fourth time in order to secure more first team opportunities.
"He needs to play in the second half of the season," the manager told reporters. "If I find a good opportunity for him, I will consider it."
Wenger is well known for sticking with his younger players through their developmental years in hope of nurturing them into long-term successes at the Emirates.
The manager showed faith in the 21 year old four years ago but with much competition in attacking positions at Arsenal it will be difficult for the Japan international to break into the side in the coming months.
And with next summer's World Cup to think about game time will likely be at the forefront of Miyaichi's mind as he seeks secure a place at the tournament with Japan.
One option for Miyaichi could be a return to former loan club Feyenoord, where he was linked with a move last summer.