The 20-year-old has been a sensation for Milan this season, scoring 16 goals in 26 Serie A games to almost single-handedly keep his side’s top-three aspirations on track.
The Italy international has attracted interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs, including the Gunners, and Boateng backed his team-mate to have a bright future.
“El Shaarawy has huge potential. He’s a very cheeky player , and I like those types of players. Those who don’t care if they play against Barcelona or Cagliari,” he said.
“El Shaarawy is a very mobile, very technical young player. His philosophy fits perfectly with mine,” Wenger told Eurosport in December.
However, Wenger faces a tough task in luring El Shaarawy to The Emirates, with Milan reported to value the forward at £25m.
The Rossoneri star has scored 23 goals in 63 appearances for the San Siro outfit after joining the seven-time European champions from Padova in 2011.