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6 goals in 4 games: Arsenal U21 hotshot better than Campbell?

Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom is currently the highest scoring player in the U21 Premier League, so we ask whether he is a better bet than Joel Campbell.

Chuba Akpom, 19, has started this season with a bang and his recent goalscoring record in the Under-21 Premier League cannot be rivalled by anyone. 

Arsenal, who are currently third, have had their goals heavily subsidised by Akpom. In fact, he has scored all but three of their goals in the competition, with Dan Crowley, Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill and Ainsley Maitland-Niles netting one each. 

In the last game the Arsenal Under-21s played, the in-form striker wasn't named in the matchday squad and the Gunners went on to lose 2-1 to a strong Newcastle United side. Had they won, then they could have been on top of the pile; prior to that match, they had not lost - a clear indication of Akpom's importance.

However, in the current Arsenal set-up, where does the talented 19-year-old fit in? 

The Gunners have seven recognised attackers in the first team, of which Akpom isn't one, and could look to add again when the transfer window re-opens in January.

At 19, however, Chuba will not be expecting to break into the first-team and play every game, but where does he sit in terms of potential? Is he a better bet than 2014 World Cup star Joel Campbell?

The 22-year-old Costa Rican flew on to the scene with a exceptional World Cup performance, and had a good reputation prior due to his performances while out on loan at Olympiacos last season.

Many pundits backed him to break into the side this season, not necessarily as a regular, but he was expected to play a lot more than 16 minutes in the first seven games. 

As Arsenal are a side who always look towards the future, they will no doubt weigh up both strikers. They will have to decide eventually which striker has the better potential to have a first-team career at the Emirates Stadium.

Akpom is three years younger than Campbell and, at the minute, is showing a bit more. Campbell in his one U21 appearance this season failed to score, while Akpom is scoring at a rate of 1.5 goals a game.

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