Andrey Arshavin has branded reported Arsenal target Alan Dzagoev as the most talented young footballer in Russia.
The attacking midfielder, who plays for CSKA Moscow, has been linked with a move to the Premier League after impressing in the Russian top flight.
The Gunners and north London rivals Tottenham are thought to be chasing his signature, with reports suggesting that both clubs have made £12million offers for the 21-year-old.
Dzagoev has the backing of fellow Russia midfielder and Arsenal man Arshavin, 30, who rates him as the hottest young prospect in his country.
"I think Alan is the most talented young footballer from Russia," Arshavin told Sovsport.ru.
"I hope he can develop as a player and he will be the key member of the national team."
Dzagoev became the youngest outfield player ever to play for Russia when he made his senior international debut as an 18-year-old back in 2008.
Real Madrid were previously thought to be interested in the youngster but he chose to remain in Moscow, insisting he would prefer a Premier League move over Spain and citing Chelsea as his preferred destination.