Arsenal captain Robin van Persie believes youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can be the next Wayne Rooney, according to a report.

Chamberlain, who joined the Gunners from Southampton last summer as one of the most expensive transfers in Arsenal's history, has since gone on to impress both pundits and football fans by showing tremendous maturity and understanding of the game at such a young age.

The teenager turned in a number of impressive displays, including a remarkable first-half performance in the 3-0 victory over AC Milan in the Champions League. The youngster played despite being down with the flu and although played out of position (in a central midfield role because of injuries to Arteta and Ramsey) came up with a stellar display, setting up two goals and breaking down several Milan attacks.

The club captain is all praise for the youngster.

"Alex can have a big impact. He has everything you need, I'm sure he has a bright future for Arsenal and England," quoted the Dutchman as saying.

"He's shown that already in a couple of games. He has pace, he is clever, knows when to pass, when to keep the ball and has good technique," van Persie added

A string of good performances in his debut season in the Premier League and Europe have lead to comparisons between the 18-year-old and Rooney.

"He's a bit like Rooney, who I rate highly. Rooney's a big player and a good all-rounder who can score goals, provide assists and make nice runs - he has a bit of everything," said the Arsenal captain.

"And although Alex plays on the left or right - whereas Rooney plays more through the middle - that could change in the future. They are both good all-round players," he emphasised.