Arsenal teenager Oguzhan Ozyakup has thanked Robin van Persie for helping him adapt to life at the Emirates Stadium.

Ozyakup joined the Gunners in 2008 at the age of 16 from AZ Alkmaar and made his senior bow for the north London club in the Carling Cup last month.

The Dutch midfielder was one of several youngsters who made their first appearance against Shrewsbury, as Arsenal fought back from a goal down to triumph 3-1.

Ozyakup certainly played his part in the comeback - setting up Yossi Benayoun to net the third for Arsenal, just moments after coming on.

The 19-year-old is now targeting more regular first-team opportunities and believes the input of Arsenal captain Van Persie will help him realise his dream.

“To be honest it is mostly Robin [who I look up to] because he is Dutch and he really looks after me outside of football as well,” Ozyakup told


“There are more off-field things as well and I am really, really happy he looks after me like this. I never expected him to help me that much but I am really thankful that he does that for me.

“Obviously on his Twitter feed he says little things like congratulations - it is those little things he does that are perfect and what I look up to.

He added: “The Manchester United game when I was on the bench he said, 'when you come on I know you can do anything with the ball but without it make sure the tackles are for you',

“He gives you little tactics and it is unbelievable.”

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