According to the Mirror, Chuba Akpom has agreed a four year deal to keep him at Arsenal till 2019, as Arsene Wenger successfully deflects the huge interest from other clubs.
The exit had looked like next reach for the 19-year old as there had been no shortage of clubs presenting a pre-contract agreement for him, being that he is in the final months of his current deal. A host of foreign as well as Premier League rivals had been rumoured with interest in the bright youngster but the offer of a new deal all but puts all of that to bed now.
Wigan reportedly made a deadline day approach for him but Wenger does not want the young promising forward to go anywhere this season, a fact proven not just by the recent minutes given him in the last FA Cup and League games but also by lending three other more experienced forwards out this winter. Podolski, Campbell and Yaya Sanogo have all been allowed to get more football opportunities at other places for the next six months but with FA Cup, Champions League and top four battles still ahead, Wenger has kept Akpom in the team as a sign of his confidence in him to forge an Arsenal career without having to go on another loan.
Akpom has been limited to starts from the bench so far but there has been enough flashes of his brilliance in the few outings to suggest he is one that should not be let go of so easily. He did well to latch on to Ramsey’s pass and earn a penalty from Brad Guzan and nearly finished off a goal of his own in the final stages.
If given more opportunities, he could benefit from the immense creative and attacking potential in the Arsenal first team, where his pace and movement could compliment the inventiveness of players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. Fellow speedstars in Walcott and Welbeck can also be made to pair with him to bring out the best of his killer instincts.
Chuba looks a part of a uniquely talented group of exciting young players in the team and while he may be behind Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers in the order, he does have the stuff of a future star written all over him and with the right attitude towards improving himself and proving his quality, Arsenal fans may see the explosion of an exciting generation that will fulfill their fantasies.
With Arsenal legends, especially Thierry Henry, usually in the stands and the support of his teammates, the youngster can feel sufficiently motivated to go on to achieve great heights as an Arsenal player and you feel it will only take a goal to kick him off on a run.
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