Report: Chuba Akpom set to sign new Arsenal contract

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The youngster has reportedly agreed a new long-term deal at the Emirates.

Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom is set to sign a new contract at the club, according to BBC Sport.

The forward will reportedly sign a four-and-a-half-year deal that will keep him at the club until 2019, ending speculation about his future.

He would have been a free agent in the summer, with his current contract set to expire, and that had alerted a whole host of Premier League clubs into looking at potential deals for him – with the Daily Mirror crediting Everton and Liverpool with holding an interest.

Now, though, following talks with manager Arsene Wenger, he has agreed to stay at the Emirates and will sign a deal later on Tuesday. The youngster has recently been given a chance in the Arsenal senior side, with four of his seven first-team appearances coming in 2015.

He joined the London side’s academy in 2002 and signed a professional contract with them in 2013, spending time on loan with Brentford and Coventry City before now.

According to the report, Wenger sanctioned the recent loan exits of Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell as a means of giving Akpom a greater chance in the side, and this new contract hints that the Frenchman is keen to see that extended in the future as well.

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