Inamoto gears up

Tuesday 23 July 2002

Having joined up with his team-mates last week for training, new signing Junichi Inamoto has already made a good impression on both players and management alike.

After officially joining the Club on Monday 15th July, Inamoto took part in pre-season training for the first time as the Whites prepared for their encounter against Egaleo.

Deciding that it was too soon for Inamoto to make an appearance, manager Jean Tigana left the Japanese international on the sidelines for the last match at Craven Cottage.

However, speaking after Saturday's match, assistant manager Christian Damiano explained a bit more about Inamoto, and his future role in the side.

"He is a very good player, we saw him in the World Cup but when he trained with us we could see he has fantastic ability."

Damiano continued, "He has the capacity to play deep and quickly support the strikers. He is a hard worker and plays with great spirit.

"He will be a big help for us in midfield. We need more players to take risks in midfield and I think he has this capacity."

Another player who was able to get his first glance at the new signing was Rufus Brevett. Having not fully recovered from his groin injury, Brevett was able to see enough of Inamoto to form a favourable first impression.

"He's very, very good and looks a very exciting player," said Brevett. "He's got good feet, he's sharp and is a very good player. The fact that he wasn't able to get into the Arsenal team doesn't really reflect on his ability."

Jean Tigana was giving away very little in terms of team selection ahead of the forthcoming away leg against Egaleo, but it would be safe to assume that Ina' stands a better chance of being included now that he has some training under his belt.