Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on AC Milan youngster Stephan El Shaarawy and admitted he could make an approach for the forward in the near future.

The 20-year-old has had a fantastic start to the season, scoring 13 goals in 16 Serie A appearances and is currently top scorer in the league. The Gunners' boss spoke glowingly of the Italy international and claimed he would blend perfectly with the north London outfit.

Stephan El Shaarawy

"El Shaarawy is a very mobile, very technical young player. His philosophy fits perfectly with mine," Metro quoted Wenger as saying.

Arsenal are understood to be in the market for a forward and when asked if he was pondering a move for the Milan man, the manager replied: "You never know. I just say I love the way he plays."

The report also claims El Shaarawy would cost over £20m. The Gunners have revealed there are significant funds available for transfers this time but it will be interesting to see whether Wenger decides to spend big on the youngster.

Wilshere Wants Henry Return

Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere has stated he would welcome Gunners legend Thierry Henry back to the club for a second loan spell, should the Frenchman complete his move. The New York Red Bulls striker, who was at Arsenal from 1999 to 2007, returned to the Emirates last season on a two-month loan in January. The 35-year-old has been linked with a loan move this year as well and Wilshere is keen to play with the Frenchman.

"It would be great to have Thierry back. Growing up, I watched him. He's the best striker I've ever seen and to play with him would be amazing. He made a difference when he came last year. He scored at Sunderland and against Leeds," the Daily Mirror quoted the 20-year-old as saying.

"I think Thierry just gives a buzz to the whole place. The fans love him. All the staff here, the ground staff, the medical staff, they all love him. He's a legend. I think to have him around would give the whole club a lift," Wilshere added.