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The Japanese starlet paid tribute to his former Arsenal team-mates after dazzling the crowd with an early goal in Bolton's 2-0 win against Millwall

It took Ryo Miyaichi half a year to make his Premier League debut, but just four minutes in Saturday's FA Cup match to score his first English goal.

The 19-year-old flew down the left side and out-finessed the defender before unleashing a stunner of a goal with his right foot, giving Bolton the early lead in their 2-0 win at Millwall.

"The ball came to me at the perfect time," Miyaichi told reporters after the match. "I had space in front of me and my first touch let me move inside.

"I've always preferred attacking from the left side, so it's the kind of goal I've been looking for."

The starlet, who arrived three weeks ago on a half-year loan from Arsenal, was quick to attribute the goal to his time spent at the Emirates.

"There were certainly difficult times," Miyaichi reflected. "But it wasn't a waste to practice with superstars [like those at Arsenal] every day. In fact I think that sort of experience was irreplaceable."

He identified the short but valuable time spent training with legend Thierry Henry as particularly invaluable.

"[Henry] became a role model to me," Miyaichi revealed. "My goal was undoubtedly connected [to what I learned from him]."

The youngster, who has been rumoured as a potential call-up for Japan's World Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan on February 29, also credited the atmosphere at his new club with making him feel comfortable.

"At Arsenal the atmosphere is incredibly tense," he admitted, "But here [at Bolton] things are much more friendly."

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