According to the agent of Arsenal on loan star Chuba Akpom, the player will return to Arsenal in the off season and will undergo pre-season with the Gunners. The Nigerian has been on loan at Championship side Hull City since the beginning of the current season and has done considerably well for the tigers.
He has played a total of 36 times for Hull and scored Seven goals. According to Emeka Obasi who is the player’s agent, Arsene Wenger has not stopped monitoring the progress of the youngster. Obasi went further to confirm Wenger has given he and Chuba the assurance that he will be in contestion for a first team place next season if he has a strong pre-season.
“Akpom is doing very well at Hull City and Arsenal have been looking at his progress with the club,” Obasi told Goal.
“I am certain that they will recall him at the end of the season, and if he is able to have another wonderful pre-season, just like he had last season, you never can know the prospects ahead of him.
“He is calm about everything and he is going about his quest to become a notable Arsenal star with utmost humility.
“He has continued to work harder to ensure that he realises his dream of playing more regularly for the club.”
It will be nice if Chuba can manage to break into the first team next season. It is been a long while Arsenal last had a striker come through from the feeders to the first team. However, like Wenger reportedly told his agent, it is all dependent on if he has a strong pre-season.
He has a good chance of convincing Wenger to retain him at the club instead of sending him on loan especially as Joel Campbell and Theo Walcott may be leaving the club this summer. Wenger should however know that he cannot afford to rely on Akpom for the season. A striker MUST be signed by Wenger for Arsenal this summer if he does not want continue to suffer the fans.
Giroud, Welbeck and Walcott have all shown they do not have what it takes to win a major title for Arsenal and it is time to actually do the right business in the transfer window never minding whether it will affect the chances of any of the current strikers at the club. No sentiment in football, if you are good enough, you should play, if you are not good enough, you should be booted out. Next season is that time Wenger must finally hands up and do away with sentiments.