Teenage centre forward Chuba Akpom, who has been a fundamental part to Arsenal's success in the UEFA Youth League having scored thrice and set up a further three from just four appearances (once goal/assist every 60 minutes), joined Coventry City on a loan basis on February 14, however, they have announced he has returned to his parent club after just six days after an extraordinary deal that will see him feature for both City and the Arsenal youth team for the remainder of the season.
The return is only temporary as a clause embedded in the short-term deal agreed with Coventry allows The Gunners to recall the 18-year-old for the youth competitions that they remain in, such as the FA Youth Cup.
Steve Waggott, the development director at City, informed the club's official website that: 'As part of the contract to allow Chuba to join us, there was always an agreement that he could be recalled by Arsenal should they require him.
'He has been an integral part of their FA Youth Cup run and we understand head of youth development Liam Brady's reasoning for wanting him back for their upcoming games. Chuba will, however, return to us after these fixtures and we look forward to having him back as he's made a great impression during his short stay so far.'
Previously, Akpom had a short-term stay at Brentford. He made his debut for Coventry last Friday.
Born in Newham, east London, the 6ft-tall attacker has represented Arsenal since he was 7-years-old.
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