Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom wants to repay Arsene Wenger’s faith

The 19-year-old attacker has not been sent out on loan, and wants to prove his first-team ability to the Gunners boss.

With the likes of Benik Afobe and Yaya Sanogo farmed out by Arsenal to get first-team experience elsewhere on loan, Chuba Akpom has remained at the Emirates Stadium this season.

The 19-year-old striker has progressed through the club’s youth ranks and is now in contention for a first-team place with the North London outfit.

Akpom has made three Premier League substitute appearances in the Premier League this season and also featured in the cup competitions.

While other promising attackers have been deemed surplus to current first-team requirements by Wenger, Akpom is keen to repay his manager’s faith in him by contributing this season.

“It gives me a lot of confidence,” Akpom told the official FA website.

“For Arsene Wenger to send other strikers out and to keep me with the first team shows that he has got a lot of trust in me – and I’m grateful for that.

“Now it’s all about repaying that faith and getting minutes on the pitch under my belt.

“I’m in the squad now. I’m in the changing room, training with the first-team squad every day. Now it’s a case of making the next step from first-team squad to first team.

“That’s what I’m working towards.”

Akpom has played a role in the Gunners’ previous victories in the FA Cup against Hull and Brighton, and as such could well be set to feature against Middlesbrough in the competition fifth round this weekend.

The youngster has been on Arsenal’s books since he was six years old and has represented England from under-16 to under-20 level.

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