Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney … Arsenal are reportedly after plenty of striker options this summer.
But many have asked if they even need to spend the bulk of their ‘warchest’ on a striker. With Olivier Giroud a well-documented second season bloomer (not to mention his excellent form for Arsenal in pre-season) and the likes of Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott’s potential to play through the middle it is an argument with credence.
But if they had a talented young striker coming through the ranks as well then perhaps this argument would ring more true with me.
But wait a minute; there is.
Finally we are starting to get to see talented England youth international Chuba Akpom in action for the Arsenal first team and after his excellence on a regular basis last campaign it is little wonder why.
Playing for the under-21’s and the NextGen Series side Akpom managed to score 20 goals in 24 games last season; all at the tender age of 17.
And this summer, when some would be fazed about mixing it with the big boys at Arsenal Football Club, Akpom has already relished the chance to get going for The Gunners on their pre-season tour.
Arsenal have dealt out two thrashings in South East Asia; beating Indonesia and Vietnam 7-0 and 7-1 respectively.
And Akpom has scored three of those goals.
It is an old footballing cliché that if you are good enough than you are old enough and I am starting to wonder myself whether Akpom could fall into that bracket.
Sure it would be great to see a big name come through the door but with Giroud on fire in pre-season and Akpom looking like a future star for the team perhaps Wenger should stick to his guns and go with what he has got.
So far nobody has looked fresher, faster or fitter than Arsenal in pre-season and that has shown with the results.
Akpom has been at the fore of some of this excellent play and his goals are the cherry on top. Given the chance to shine next season there is no telling what he might achieve.
It would be a risk of course and the fans may not be so forgiving but perhaps Arsenal should spend their money wisely in other areas and give Akpom the chance to shine?
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