Ryo Miyaichi has found ways to settle in and adapt to the lifestyle in Europe, while Nacho Monreal talks about his perfectly timed switch to Arsenal FC.
Nacho Monreal; Ryo Miyaichi
"When I look back, the past three years have just flown by," Ryo told arsenal.com.
Ryo's injury has somehow hindered his growth as a player, but the 20-year-old is determined to turn the tides in his favor sooner rather than later.
"I was injured for nearly a whole season and it was an was extremely tough period for me.
"It did get frustrating at times, but at the same time, there was no point in getting impatient so I continued to focus on how I would recover from the injury and become stronger."
The rising Japanese star was once compared to Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho during his term in the Eredivisie, and will use it as a motivation to overcome obstacles coming his way.
"I felt very accepted by the supporters at Feyenoord. I appreciated that nickname. When it comes to comparing Ronaldinho and myself, there is still a world of difference, but I will try my best to get close to him.
"It has been difficult plunging into Europe from being a Japanese high-school student. I didn't have a clue about the language and way of living but I'm getting used to it now and I believe I've grown in that sense."
Meanwhile, Nacho thinks that there could have not been a better time for him to sign for one of the biggest teams in Europe who are playing inspired and beautiful football.
"When I was offered the chance to come here, I was in the best moment of my career," said Monreal.
"I had a lot of confidence, I had [manager Manuel] Pellegrini's trust, I felt that I played a key role at Malaga and with the national side, and I think I came here at the right time."
Monreal acknowledges the need to take every aspect of playing seriously, but believes that enjoying the game on the pitch provides that needed balance to succeed.
"The players' confidence [is different this season]. You can tell that they are very enthusiastic, very happy, the results are going our way and logically that makes everything easier," he said.
"We have a happy group and that is very important to playing football well."
With the way the Gunners are playing, he expects them to finally bag silverware that they so much deserve.
"I would not say just one [trophy], I would say a few," he emphasised.
"Of course that is very tough to achieve."
"The Premier League is very difficult, the Champions League, these are major trophies but we are on a good run.
"We are top of the table, it is still early doors, but we will take every game as it comes and at the end hopefully we'll win a title."
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