Arsene Wenger has built himself a reputation as a stickler for young, European talent during his time at Arsenal.
The Frenchman is renowned for buying bright prospects in a bid to nurture them into world-class players.
And following Arsenal’s victory over Aston Villa yesterday, Europe’s next biggest star might have just been unearthed in front of Wenger’s very eyes.
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As the Gunners paraded the Emirates Stadium to show their appreciation to the fans, a certain five-year-old took took centre stage and stole the show - Enzo Cazorla.
In the video shown below, Santi Cazorla’s son was caught showboating and running rings around a number of other children on the pitch.
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Takes after his father, doesn’t he? The dribbling; the close control; the step overs - it’s all there.
Arsenal fans will hope the only way is up after their side clinched second place ahead of rivals Tottenham in what was a dramatic final day of the season.
Whilst the Gunners emphatically put four past the relegated Villa, Spurs succumbed to an embarrassing 5-1 defeat to Newcastle United, who were down to 10 men for much of the second half.
Their highest finish since 2005 has done little to paper over the cracks, though, with changes needed this summer.
Shifting the likes of Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky is the perfect start, with world-class arrivals now needed to ensure the same mistakes are not made next time around.
And the arrival of Premier League winners N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez might be the perfect start. According to the Independent, Arsenal are in talks with Leicester City to sign the pair for £60 million.
Keeping hold of their best players will prove just as important, though, amidst speculation surrounding Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
Where the former is concerned, Paris Saint-Germain are said to be in talks with the Chilean’s agent ahead of a potential summer move. Arsenal want to tie him down to a new contract, though.
As for Ozil, the German will reportedly be offered £200,000-per-week to extend his stay in north London. He recently told reporters his future won’t be discussed until after Euro 2016.
Deciding Wenger’s future is arguably the first piece of business to attend to following a campaign where fans have voiced their discontent with the Frenchman.
Arsenal have now gone 12 years without a Premier League title, suggesting a change in direction might be needed to end their drought.