At 28-years-old, Mesut Ozil has entered the prime of his career at Arsenal.
The German has been in fantastic form this season, scoring six goals in all competitions and playing a key role in the Gunners' rise to joint-top of the Premier League.
Even in the Champions League Ozil has stepped up his game, bagging his first hat-trick for Arsenal against Ludogorets last week and recording an assist.
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Such world-class performances are what make Ozil indispensable at the Emirates Stadium, but it would seem Arsene Wenger is already lining up his eventual successor in the No.10 role.
And that player? Alex Iwobi.
According to Wenger, the Nigeria international has all the attributes to become the focal point of Arsenal's attack in the future.
Following Tuesday night's 2-0 victory over Reading in the EFL Cup, the Frenchman waxed lyrical about Iwobi's intelligence and creativity.
"You see that he is not a typical winger," he said, per the Mirror. "I think he can play in [the No.10] role.
"He turns the game forward, he passes the ball through the lines very well, he has a final ball in him. I think he has all in the locker to pass and give the final ball."
Iwobi has thoroughly impressed on the left flank for Arsenal this season, but for Wenger, the 20-year-old must improve in front of goal to continue his meteoric rise.
"What you want from him now is the finishing," he added, "and that's still a little part that is missing in his game.
"He is too nervous at the moment when he has the possibility to finish."
Ozil has been similarly surprised by Iwobi's performances in recent months, so much so that he recently compared him to Jay-Jay Okocha and Edgar Davids.
"He reminds me of his uncle, Jay-Jay Okocha," Ozil told Arsenal's official website. "He was a player I loved watching. Alex reminds me of a mixture of him and Edgar Davids.
"He's really strong on the ball, also defensively, but he's good in front of goal too.
"He knows exactly what he can do. He isn't scared and doesn't hide on the pitch. He just wants to have fun playing football and that really shows on the pitch, and also in training.
"He's developing really well and if he continues the way he's been playing the whole season, he will really enhance his game.
"The manager knows exactly how good he is and I wish him all the best. He is really young and is on a really good path."
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