Blog: Why it’s important Arsenal keep hold of Chuba Akpom

17:10 28 January 2015

Arsenal's Chuba Akpom. Pic: Adam Davy/PA Archive.

Arsenal's Chuba Akpom. Pic: Adam Davy/PA Archive.

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Joe Nelson feels it’s imperative that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger retains the services of the England youth international.

Patience is a virtue in football. Chuba Akpom, who has just six months remaining in his contact at Arsenal, knows this better than most.

The Newham-born youngster has been at the club since he was six-years-old. Now 19, his future is currently at a crossroads.

The striker, who went to St Bonaventure’s School, is said to have been offered a new three-year deal, but is considering other options due to lack of first-team football, which he craves.

Having slaved away in the under-21 leagues for three years now, with brief loan spells at Coventry and Brentford and just four short substitute appearances for the Gunners this season, his breakthrough is surely on the horizon. Whether it’s at Arsenal or not is another story.

Scoring nine in 10 appearances in this season’s Barclays under-21 Premier League, the six foot striker has shown great composure in front of goal, and more importantly, consistency.

He has 28 goals in 39 appearances overall in the under-21 League since being promoted, which seems like an eternity ago, and Arsenal fans have grown increasingly restless at Wenger for not using him more frequently.

However, with the January departures of Yaya Sanogo and Lukas Podolski, albeit on loan, and an injury to Danny Welbeck, the striker has been a regular feature on the bench throughout the month, making substitute appearances in both FA Cup ties against Hull and Brighton and a short cameo at Southampton in the league.

With no imminent forward incomings this transfer window at Arsenal, Akpom now has a chance to stamp his authority in training, and when given the chance on the big stage to prove to Wenger why he should be part of his long term plans.

He has also averaged a goal every other game for England’s under-17s, 18s and 20s, working closely with Liverpool’s Jordan Ibe.

Liverpool are one of the several clubs circling for the 19-year-old’s services in the summer if he does not put pen to paper at Arsenal. Manchester City and Everton are also said be keeping tabs on Akpom, along with European interest from Feyenoord, FC Twente and Borussia Dortmund, who Akpom scored against in UEFA’s under-19s youth league last season.

After impressing immensely in Arsenal’s pre-season tours of Asia, scoring for fun, Wenger unveiled Akpom as the next prodigy to come out of the Academy to Arsenal fans across the globe.

Speaking to Arsenal Player, Wenger said: “He has personality and he has quality - He’s more a guy who likes to participate in the build-up, a guy who is brave, a guy who makes good runs and is not a typical goal chaser.”

And ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Galatasaray in December, Wenger said Akpom was “close to the first team.”

With the fixture pile-up at this time of the season, the youngster may be thinking ‘close’ just isn’t good enough, and with plenty of (on paper) winnable games at home coming up this month, this may be now or never for Arsene to unleash Akpom from the start in the Premier League and FA Cup, or he may face a Paul Pogba-like uproar from fans if he goes on to join another super club to excel at the highest level.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham Sports News

Yesterday, 16:30

Experienced defender discusses spirit in the camp and why they should watch back Tuesday night’s match with Plymouth

Nicky Hunt

Hammers manager Slaven Bilic is staying positive under pressure as Middlesbrough come to London Stadium

Sam Allardyce
Yesterday, 10:30

Former O’s Academy Director discusses relationship between players and fans after Tuesday’s spirited performance

Andy Edwards
Thu, 17:30

Find out how Sammy Moore, Josh Doherty, Michael Clark, Myles Judd, Victor Adeboyejo and Sam Roach have been getting on at other non-league clubs recently

Bradley Pritchard

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport


Show Job Lists


If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Read more

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Read more

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now