Arsene Wenger

Arsenal must ignore Feyenoord and give Ryo a chance to shine

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His name is Ryo and he would dance on the sand if he wasn't always injured. The young Japanese Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi has had an absolutely torrid time with injury problems, which have meant he has only made two appearances in the league cup for Arsenal. His loan move last season to Wigan was meant to get him game time and Premier League experience, but that was also ruined by injury, which he is just coming back from.

Ryo Miyaichi nervous but looking forward to Arsenal playing in his hometown

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The news that Arsenal are going to be facing Nagoya Grampus this summer is not only welcome to Arsene Wenger, who managed the Japanese club for two years before his arrival at Arsenal, it is also a home-coming for our very own up-and-coming Ryo Miyaichi, who can't wat to play in front of his friends and family.

J League

Neymar Magic Inspires Santos To Win Over Reysol

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Santos overcame J-League champions Kashiwa Reysol at Toyota Stadium in the first semi-final of the 2011 Club World Cup.

19-year-old superstar-in-waiting Neymar opened the scoring in the 19th minute with a superb looping left foot shot. The genuinely two-footed player was sensational in the opening half, linking well with his team-mates and showing some amazing dribbling skills.

Exciting Sunday at Club World Cup

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An exciting pair of matches in the 2011 Club World Cup took place on Sunday at Toyota Stadium, just outside Nagoya.

In the early kick off, Al Sadd from Qatar defeated Esperance Sportive De Tunis 2-1 in a fractious match which saw a shoe thrown on to the pitch and a solitary fan run on to the field as Al Sadd wasted time at the end to hold on to a hard fought win over the African champions.

Gamba Osaka v Vegalta Sendai

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The Japanese Newcastle
Gamba Osaka 1-0 Vegalta Sendai (26:11:11)
Newcastle United fan Michael Hudson travels to Osaka to see the Japanese version of... Newcastle United...
There are two ways of getting from Nagoya to Osaka by train. The Shinkansen takes just under an hour and will set you back the best part of sixty quid each way; a combination of local and rapid trains is more than twice as long, half the price and perfectly timed to allow you to read at least halfway through the Blizzard while sitting next to a bloke in a gauze face mask whose head keeps falling against your right shoulder.

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The Rest

Arsenal announce yet another Asian summer fixture

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Arsenal made a very successful visit to the Far East last summer which ended in defeat by a Malaysia XI, and it seems that the Gunners are going to try and consolidate some of that global support by going back to the same continent again during the coming close season.

It was revealed a few days ago that Arsenal would be playing in Jakarta, facing the Indonesian national team on Sunday, July 14.

Adelaide United - did you see Galekovic's save? Great game

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The hugely talented Nagoya Grampus - loaded with dollars as well - came to Adelaide last night and were beaten 1-0 by United in the last sixteen of the Asian Champions League.

And what a great game of football it was.

Despite the defensive nature of United there was a lot to like about the Aussies performance up against such craftsmen from Nagoya.

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