Profile Written By John Amankwah

The departure of Lukas Podolski and a loan move for Yaya Sanogo ahead of next season leaves Olivier Giroud as Arsenal’s only recognized out and out striker. It remains to be seen whether Wenger will dip into the market to sign any back up for the Frenchman.

On many occasions the Frenchman has highlighted the fact that Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott are very capable of leading the front line for the Gunners; so there will be no surprise if Arsene decides against signing another striker.

However I believe whatever “Le Prof” decides to do will not interfere with the emergence of 19 year-old Chuba Akpom. Chuba has been at Arsenal since he was six years old and is one of the latest players from the academy to rise up the ranks to the first team. His clinical finishing, composure and pace remind many supporters of the great Thierry Henry.

However Chuba is his own man and has vowed to prove his quality this coming season. His little altercation with a couple of Everton defenders in Singapore proved that he is also fearless and with some experience and confidence I believe he will be very successful at the Emirates.

After signing his first professional contract in December 2012 he was included in the senior squad for the first time against Olympiacos; in Arsenal’s final Champions league group game were they lost 2-1, he was an unused substitute that night.

Chuba made his senior debut in September 2013 when he came on for Olivier Giroud in the 93rd minute to see out a comfortable 3-1 victory over Sunderland.

In the 2014/2015 season he made a total of nine appearances and even though he didn’t manage to find the back of the net he still gave fans a glimpse of what to expect once he becomes a first team regular.

He won a penalty against Aston Villa, which gave fans a sneak peek of his pace up front. Chuba was also an integral part of the youth set-up last season, scoring 15 times in his 23 appearances for the academy and will be sorely missed by the academy.

After signing a new long-term contract with the club last season Chuba said: “It’s really hard physically and mentally. To make the step from the reserves to the first team is really hard as well, so it’s going to take a while to get used to but I’m really enjoying it and most importantly I think I’m capable of it.”

After Loan spells with Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Coventry City it looks like Chuba is finally ready to step into the first team and challenge for a regular place. Arsene Wenger has already made it clear that he will be staying at Arsenal and working with the first team this season and Chuba is ready for the challenge.

After an impressive pre-season which saw him net a hat-trick against a Singapore XI, Arsenal fans will be hoping to see more of him this season. He also won a free kick against Olympique Lyonnais, which Santi Cazorla converted with ease. He then went on to showcase his pace by running at players and attempting to make chances for himself every opportunity he got.

With the right guidance and experience we should be seeing a lot of great finishes from Chuba Akpom this season, some accused him of hoarding the ball too much but I believe it was a case of him showing his hunger for goals and as a striker it is key to always be hungry for goals.

Arsene Wenger is famous for giving opportunities to his young players and this coming season should see Chuba along with Alex Iwobi and Jeff Reine-Adelaide make a name for themselves on a big stage....


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