Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has jested that even he could be a better striker than youngster Chuba Akpom.
In a question and answer session with the club’s fans, Szczesny said that he became a goalkeeper because he wasn’t very good in any outfield position.
“I was not a goalkeeper by choice,” he said. “I was just really bad in every other position. I was a striker and I was awful. I was nearly as bad as Chuba.”
Akpom, 18, has represented England at every youth level up to Under-19s and also has managed to make his debut in the Arsenal first team.
Instead, he has been sent out on loan to gain first-team experience and has played for Brentford and Coventry City since the turn of the year, but he is still waiting for an elusive goal in senior football.
As things stand, he is part of the Arsenal squad for upcoming campaign, but it is unlikely that he will make the grade at the Emirates Stadium this year – with manager Arsene Wenger possessing better options in that position than he has had in a long term, thanks to the emergence of Joel Campbell.
As a result, Akpom seems as if he will be sent away from the Emirates on a temporary basis again, and he will be hoping to come back with a goal-scoring record which can stop giving credence to Szczesny’s jokes about his lack of effectiveness up front.