Daniel Arzani is the real deal, an x-factor player and perhaps the best young player that has ever emerged in the A-League.

Arzani has showcased the skillset that is so rarely seen in the A-League, the sheer ability to run at and beat opposing players at will.

On Sunday afternoon in Brisbane the young Melbourne City star was once again the focal point of City’s attacking play until his substitution in the second half.

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He set up the first City goal with a sublime through ball and for the next 15 minutes could’ve easily scored a brace or jagged another assist in a flurry of play fueled by the growing confidence of a player that the A-League and Australia have been crying out for.

The last player that comes to mind that was as fearless moving forward and dribbling at defenders was Awer Mabil, but despite the supreme talent Mabil was and still is he seemed almost out of control at times.

Arzani on the other hand as looked as composed as they come with the ball at his feet.

With Arzani on the park City look a side that can challenge anyone in the league, especially with the quality players around him and the looming return of star striker Bruno Fornaroli.

In just 400 minutes he has tallied 33 successful dribbles to his credit along with three assists and has also racked up his solitary goal from the penalty spot in the recent 2-2 draw with Newcastle Jets.

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Brisbane coach John Aloisi knew that if his side were going to have a go at winning the match on Sunday that they would in turn be susceptible to the threats posed by the likes of Arzani.

“Sometimes you’re going to be left a little bit open on the counter,” he said.

“Someone like Arzani who was dangerous for them, but that’s individual stuff, that’s individual brilliance from Arzani.

“That’s not in terms of our structure, he was just – he caused us issues in the first half in the second half they didn’t really cause us much.”

Arzani’s game is that very fact. He causes headaches for the opposition.

Players capable of beating defenders in one on one situations can threaten to break the game open with every dribble.

Regularly Arzani would have three or four orange shirts around him around the box and this is just the natural event that occurs when a player of Arzani’s quality is on the ball.

Mark Bosnich discussed Arzani’s play against the Roar during Fox Sport’s Sunday Shootout post-match.

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“I think he’s very special and there was that period basically after Budzinski had equalised where he was taking the game by the scruff of the neck,” he said.

“He was given the room and the space and time to cause havoc but he’s exuberant.

“It’s great to see a smile on his face and I reckon he’s a wonderful acquisition, not only for Melbourne City but for the league as well.

“If I was the FFA, I know there’s been talk about him possibly playing for Iran, just arrange a game against anyone and just cap him.”

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Josh is a student journalist at the University of Queensland currently covering Brisbane Roar's 17/18 season.