Should Akpom get the nod over flop Bendtner at Arsenal this season?

Chuba Akpom

Would Arsenal fans prefer to see Chuba Akpom get some minutes this season or Nicklas Bendtner back in an Arsenal shirt?

For the second season in a row Nicklas Bendtner finds himself at a team that for all intent and purpose does not want him, but have been forced into taking him.

Last season it was Juventus who brought him in on a loan deal and immediately admitted he was their plan Z and that he was overweight.

This season it is a team where he has played for over nine years, but he is only here because of their failing in the transfer market.

This weekend the Danish striker could be in an Arsenal squad again as the club has an abundance of attacking injuries - while Bendtner himself has just recovered from a broken wrist in time for the Sunderland game.

But Bendtner is now widely unpopular at The Emirates, and it appears that Arsenal are widely unpopular in the psyche of the player as well.

He recently stated he was fully committed to the Arsenal cause, despite admitting both parties wold have liked a split this summer:

"I want to assure all Arsenal fans that I will give everything I have to contribute. It's no secret that Arsenal and myself had agreed that I could leave the club during the 2013 summer transfer window subject to an agreement between all parties. An agreement had been reached with more than one club, but as Arsenal were unable to secure the services of another striker they reserved their right to not sanction any deal. I was looking forward to a new challenge, with a new club and a fresh start in English football."

What Arsenal fans could be asking is this? Why bother flogging this dead horse when there is a young colt whinnying in the stables behind him - ready to prove himself on the big stage.

Chuba Akpom scored goals as a hobby last season. At Under-21 and NextGen Series level he scored a combined total of 17 goals in 20 games.

Quick, strong and possessing a real poachers instinct this young lad has something of the Ian Wright’s about him, and could one day make as big an impact given the right opportunity.

In pre-season he was also eye-catching, scoring four goals in Arsenal’s Far East tour - including this winner against Urawa Red Diamonds in Japan…

So surely it is time to give up on Bendtner and pass the baton to Akpom when needed this season, even at the tender age of just 17.

What do you think? Akpom or Bendtner?

image: © Kieran Clarke

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