Revealed: Arsenal scouting ex youth star who could make sensational return

Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Besiktas playmaker Oguzhan Ozyakup.

Revealed: Arsenal scouting ex youth star Oguzhan Ozyakup who could make sensational return according to Gunners scout

Arsenal are keeping close tabs on former youngster Oguzhan Ozyakup according to Gunners scout Jurgen Kost.

Speaking at a football conference at the Arsenal Soccer School in Istanbul, Kost revealed that Arsenal have been monitoring Ozyakup and that they are impressed with his development.

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Kost praised Ozyakup and revealed that he could make a return to the North London based outfit.

“Ozyakup is a player of the highest standard, we have been closely tracking his progress and when we do our next search for players in his position he could return to Arsenal,” Kost was quoted as saying by Turkish-Football.

Ozyakup rose through the youth ranks at Arsenal before joining Besiktas for €500,000 in 2012 in search of first team football.

The former Arsenal youth player has established himself as a key component of Senol Gunes’ Besiktas side.

Ozyakup played a major role in the Black Eagles winning the league title last season and the Istanbul giants are currently first in the Super Lig, four points clear of second placed Basaksehir.

The 24-year-old midfielder is widely regarded as one of the finest talents in the Turkish league and has attracted widespread interest from England and Italy over the past season.

Ozyakup has 25 goals and 36 assists in 167 appearances for Besiktas since joining from the Gunners.

The Turkish international is a versatile midfielder capable of playing in attacking and central roles.

Ozyakup has played predominantly in central midfield this season alongside Canada international Atiba Hutchinson.

The Netherlands born star is renowned for his passing range, technical ability and creativity.

Ozyakup is expected to be start for the Eagles next game against Olympiacos in the Europa League on Thursday 9 March.