When Emile Smith Rowe signed his new contract in the summer, Mikel Arteta challenged his new number 10 to make more match-defining contributions.
While the boss is clearly impressed with recent performances, he maintains his young midfielder can further develop his game.
“We will see,” said Arteta when asked how far Smith Rowe can go in the game.
“He’s very good right now and he can get still much better. There are things in his game that he must improve and develop. He’s so hungry to do that.
“It will depend on how his teammates help him, how confident he is in his head, how he takes the next step, how he handles his pride and negativity and pressure as well.”
At the club when a 19-year-old Jack Wilshere was making waves at the Emirates, Arteta knows all about the hype and expectations that can be bestowed on homegrown players.
Asked if he saw similarities in the rise of Wilshere and Smith Rowe, the Spaniard said: “It’s exciting that people are seeing our Academy players with the potential to become big players for the club.
“That’s already a joy that they believe that’s the case because we do believe they have the potential to do it. Now that potential has to become a reality and they have to fulfil it.”