Wenger: This Arsenal prospect is a huge talent; nearly ready for first team

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Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom is nearly ready to make the step-up to the side's first-team.

Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom is close to being ready to make the grade at the Emirates Stadium.

Akpom is still developing as a player and has been sent out on loan in recent seasons, but Wenger has hinted that he sees a first-team future for him.

The experienced French manager says that Akpom has really improved in-front of goal and explained that he simply needs to become more tactically adept before he can be given a first-team place.

"I'm happy that he has developed as a goalscorer, because when he was a younger kid, his problem was finishing," Wenger said to the official site.

"That has gone now. He's a very good finisher and he has now to learn the tactical side of his game. Then he will be ready, because he is a huge talent."

Akpom's only first-team experience in his burgeoning career to date has been for Brentford and Coventry City and he is still yet to hit the back of the net.

The 18-year-old made his debut for the Gunners last year against Sunderland and has been identified as a future star for the club for some time.

Blessed with pace and strength, Akpom has all the characteristics to make a success of himself at the Emirates, but it appears he still needs to be refined as a player before he makes the step-up.

That might not be too far off, but he will have some competition for places in the first-team at Arsenal.

Danny Welbeck will be hard to displace up-front, whilst Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo also provide Wenger with more experienced options in forward positions. 

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