The 19-year-old, who has scored nine goals in 10 U21 Premier League games this season, has been in the best form of his career to date this season and with just six months remaining on his current deal at the Emirates, interest from European and Premier League clubs would not have surprised Arsene Wenger.
The Independent report states Akpom will stay at the club for the rest of the season following the departures of Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo and in the meantime will weigh up where he would have the best chance of first-team football while negotiations continue.
Therefore, for Wenger, the answer of how to keep the player in North London past this season should be simple – give him more first-team football between now and the end of the season.
Although still young, inexperienced and raw, the talented forward has shown in the highest level of youth football just how explosive he can be in front of goal and has shown his natural ability for finding the back of the net in a number of different situations.
A new deal should be a no-brainer for Arsenal as he certainly has the potential to go on and become a regular first-team player in the future.