Dutch starlet drops Wenger hint

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Arsenal starlet Kyle Ebecilio has set his sights on senior recognition at the Emirates.

The young Dutchman is looking to follow in the footsteps of some illustrious compatriots, notably Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars and Robin van Persie, and become a huge hit for the Gunners.

Ebecilio is full aware that the task of breaking into the firest team will be tough, but the 17-year-old aims to make an impact at both youth and reserve team level before earning a Carling Cup call this season.

"My first aim is to start every game in the Reserves and score five goals by Christmas," he told the official Arsenal website.

"Then I would like to join the first team and make my debut in the Carling Cup.

"I signed my first [professional] contract in February and that was very important for me. The manager has said I have to keep working hard and that is what I will do."

Not short on confidence, Ebecilio has paid tribute to fellow midfield youngster Oguzhan Ozyakup for helping him settle in north London.


The pair used to live close to each other in Holland before the English switch, and could come together to form the Arsenal midfield of the future, with Ebecilio looking to fulfill the Alex Song role after modeling him game on the Cameroonian international.

"I used to live about five miles away from Ozzy [Ozyakup] and he used to help me in training. I couldn't speak English for the first two months so he helped me with what the coaches were saying," he continued.

"Now I am modelling my game on Alex Song's. I like the way Song plays, he has power and strength. He is a strong midfield player, very smart and technically very good. I look up to him.

"Sometimes I ask him about football, but also about settling in because he was young when he came here."

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