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Dutch teen playmaker emerges on Arsenal radar

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Arsenal are being linked with a January raid on Dutch playmaker Adam Maher.

The 18-year-old AZ Alkmaar player has been earning rave reviews in his homeland, with his form at the AFAS Stadium alerting a number of clubs across Europe, including Manchester City.

However, The Times reports that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has taken an interest in the talented teenager, and is keen to bring the youngster to north London in the transfer window.

After featuring in every league game so far this season, Maher has helped propel unfancied AZ to the top of the Eredivisie, and is contracted with the club until 2015.

With Europa League commitments too, Gertjan Verbeek is unlikely to want to sell the player at any price, although a lucrative offer could persuade the Dutch outfit to cash-in on the player and sell to Arsenal.

TalkSPORT go on to suggest that the player is of a similar ilk to Cesc Fabregas, who joined the Gunners at a young age before going on to become club captain at the Emirates Stadium. He was sold back to Barcelona this summer for a massive profit.

Maher's compatriot, Robin Van Persie, has taken over the armband for Arsenal following the departure of Fabregas, and his success in north London following a move from Feyenoord could be an influential factor.

Wenger also has a track record of getting the best out of young players in the capital, with Theo Walcott, Ignasi Miquel and Wojciech Szczesny three high-profile examples now playing regular first team football for the Gunners.

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