19 things Arsenal fans should know about reported target Andrija Zivkovic

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With Arsenal linked with a move for Partizan Belgrade winger Andrija Zivkovic, here are a few things Gooners should know.

1. Zivkovic hails from Niš, Serbia's third largest city and the birthplace of Dragan Stojkovic, the legendary midfielder who worked under Arsene Wenger at Nagoya Grampus Eight.

2. A superb passer of the ball, Zivkovic is also known for his superb dead ball delivery from corners and free kicks while his pace and skill allow him to attack at speed from the wing, regularly cutting inside to shoot.

3. Brought to Partizan from local club Nacional Niš in September 2009, Zivkovic made his first team debut in April 2013 at the age of just 16.

4. Having signed his first professional contract with Partizan Belgrade in August 2013, Zivkovic marked the occasion just three days later with his first goal for the club as part of a 5-1 victory over Radnicki.

5. After scoring against Radnicki, Zivkovic enjoyed a rich run of form in front of goal, scoring in each of Partizan's next three games in a return that saw him pick up the Best Young Young Player of Serbia award for 2013.

6. March 4th 2014 was a momentous day for Zivkovic, who became Partizan's youngest ever captain at the age of 17 years, seven months and 18 days, replacing Nikola Ninkovic who was 17 years, 10 months and 12 days old.

7. From March 16th through to December 7th 2014, Zivkovic endured a notable drought in front of goal, with the youngster going some 19 games – mostly as a substitute – without finding the back of the net.

8. Already capped by Serbia at Under-17 and Under-19 level, Zivkovic's big moment on the global stage came during the 2015 Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

The winger scored two goals and provided a further four assists in seven games for Serbia, who upset the odds to win the tournament.

9. Zivkovic has not been afraid of putting club before country in the past, famously leaving the 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, after just two appearances, at the behest of Partizan. Serbia went on to lose on penalties to Portugal in the semis.

10. He did take home the award for best goal at the 2015 Under-20 World Cup for a direct free-kick scored in a 2-0 group stage victory over Mexico that sealed the team's progress to the knockout phase as group winners.

11. The Serbian has earned plenty of plaudits and nicknames during his brief time in the game. Arguably the most notable of these came from Hot Sport, who dubbed the midfielder the “Serbian Messi” after an impressive start to the 2014/15 season.

12. Sinisa Mihaljovic – a dead ball specialist himself as a player - is among Zivkovic's biggest fans and gave the midfielder his first senior cap for Serbia back in October 2013.

"This little kid will be a big player,” he told UEFA.com. He wasn't wrong.

13. The Serbian is currently playing alongside Valeri Bojinov who, himself, was once a highly touted youngster with a bright future that was ultimately blighted by a series of long-term injuries during his time in the Premier League with Manchester City. A warning.

14. Zivkovic's first senior appearance for Serbia was a significant for two reasons.

In coming on in a friendly against Japan on October 11th 2013, he became the youngest ever player to feature for the national team at just 17.

Secondly, it marked the passing of the torch, with the friendly representing Dejan Stankovic's last game for the national side.

15. Fan need not worry about Zivkovic garnering the same kind of discipline problems as compatriot Aleksander Mitrovic in the Premier League – last season he averaged around one yellow card every five games.

16. Serbia manager Radovan Ćurčić told UEFA.com:

"It's amazing what Živković can do in terms of his running and technical skills. He is a great dribbler with a strong and accurate shot. With Zivkovic in your forward line, you can expect something to happen. Also, though he is young, he never neglects his defensive duties which is equally impressive."

17. The Serbian has been in superb form in Europe this season, scoring once and providing an assist for Partizan in Champions League qualifying before following that return up with three goals in the group phase of the Europa League.

18. Ligue 1 side St Etienne reportedly had an €8 million offer for Zivkovic turned down over the course of the summer, while Sevilla, Benfica, Valencia, Chelsea and Tottenham have all been linked with the Serbian.

19. It will take a substantial bid to convince Partizan president Zoran Popovic to part company with his club's prized star.

"We're going out of our way to keep him," he told FourFourTwo.

"The board recognised instantly that he is a gem and we’ve already turned down plenty of offers from other clubs, whose agents keep calling us every day. He is a fine lad with a great attitude and has all the prerequisites to become a world-class player."

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