14 goals in 18 starts - Arsenal's academy sensation Mavididi reveals inspiration

Arsenal teenager Stephy Mavididi says he is taking inspiration from Chuba Akpom's progress.

Arsenal's latest teenage scoring sensation Stephy Mavididi says he is taking inspiration from the player in front of him in the queue for the first team.

The 16-year-old is starring in the clubs' youth set up, featuring for the under-18s, under-19s, and under-21s.

In 18 starts in all competitions this season he has struck 14 goals, a superb strike rate which has fans keenly watching to see if he can continue his progress.

Mavididi was described by Arsenal.com in a match preview this week as similar to man of the moment Danny Welbeck in build, but it is another striker from who he is taking inspiration.

The teenager is taking his cues from a player three years his senior, Chuba Akpom, who has recently made a step up to get more involved with Arsene Wenger's first team.

He said: "I’ve got more of a chance to get into the under-21s now that Chuba’s in the first team. He inspires us a lot.

"He talks to me, guides me, tells me what’s best for me to do when I play and just gives me lots of advice."

Mavididi was a late substitute for the under-21s in last night's surprise loss to Derby County, in which new signing Krystian Bielik featured.

The teenager has made great strides this season, and if he continues his progress next year, he will aim to hold down a regular starting spot for the under-21s, and see what his future brings. If Akpom can truly crack the first team in the mean time, it will help smooth his own path for when the time is right.

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