Arsenal decide they need Akpom - report

Chuba Akpom

Arsenal are to hold onto youngster Chuba Akpom for the time being.

Prolific young Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom sent a real message this week with a hat-trick in the FA Youth Cup.

Having shown what he is capable of by scoring for the first team in pre-season, it is perhaps a surprise the teenager has not been given more of a chance considering the recent injury problems.

Akpom did play a single minute as a substitute in September, but since then he has been in the under-21s and UEFA Youth League, in which he has three goals in four games.

It was reported earlier this week by ITV news that in-form League One promotion chasers Brentford were close to signing him on a one month loan deal.

The injury to Theo Walcott at Arsenal is for now however said to have postponed the switch, as claimed by BBC journalist David Ornstein last night.

Arsenal face Coventry City in the FA Cup on Friday January 24. As Arsene Wenger will look to no doubt rotate his squad, if he has not brought in a new striker by then Akpom could well find himself involved.

The England under-19 international is also likely to be used as cover, and could make the bench in upcoming Premier League games in between - against Aston Villa (a), and Fulham (h). 

Arsenal as well as having Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott out injured, also have Yaya Sanogo out. 

South Korean striker Park Chu-Young made the bench for the FA Cup game against Tottenham at the weekend, but after that Akpom is next man up.

His hat-trick in midweek may have even made Arsene Wenger reconsider that pecking order and it would not be a surprise to see the exciting striker involved over the next month.

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