Is Chuba Akpom's presence the reason Arsenal sold Benik Afobe?

Arsenal may have sold Benik Afobe but they still have Chuba Akpom.

At first glance, Arsenal’s decision to sell Benik Afobe to Wolverhampton Wanderers appeared to be a strange one, when you consider the 22-year-old now has 26 goals this season.

That is the same as Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, although it must be noted that Akpom’s goals have come at a lower level.

And yet when you consider the Gunners’ youth development it is surprising that manager Arsene Wenger opted to wave goodbye to Afobe. Or is it?

Because there is another player at the Emirates Stadium who could ultimately prove to be even more prolific than his former teammate: Chuba Akpom.

The 19-year-old recently signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal, and a player who is three years younger than Afobe could yet show why the Gunners were willing to let such a talented marksman go: because they have a better one.

Akpom’s record for Arsenal’s under-21s is remarkable; the teenager scoring 28 goals and providing six assists in 39 appearances.

In comparison, Afobe netted just five times in 20 games at that level, although he did spend a considerable amount of time out on loan at a whole host of clubs.

But Akpom appears to be on another level, with four goals and three assists in six UEFA Youth League matches showing he can also do the business against foreign opposition.

He has a long way to go, and a lot of players to overcome, before he can be a first-team regular at Arsenal, but such is his talent that Afobe’s permanent departure suddenly makes considerably more sense.

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