Chuba Akpom on the advice he has been getting from Arsenal teammate Tomas Rosicky

Chuba Akpom

Nottingham Forest-linked Chuba Akpom says that he has been getting advice from Arsenal teammate Tomas Rosicky on how to improve his movement.

Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom has told the Arsenal Magazine that he has been getting advice from veteran midfielder Tomas Rosicky.

Rosicky is one of the longest serving members of the Arsenal unit, having joined the North London outfit from German club Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2006.

Now 34, the Czech Republic international’s on-pitch importance for the Gunners has dwindled over the years, but he seems to be mentoring the next generation.

Akpom, who is a highly-rated striker and is only 19 years of age, has explained how he has been learning from Rosicky, revealing a key advice that he has been given by the midfielder.

“I speak to Tomas Rosicky a lot,” the striker told the Arsenal Magazine. "He is a legend and he is always giving me advice and telling me what to do more of.

“The one thing he always tells me is to always be moving, so you make a movement and if you don’t get the ball you then make another move to ensure you are available.

“He also encourages me to mix my game up: to take a few touches here, then the next time to take one touch and then spin away.

"He knows what he is talking about, he’s world class so it’s great to learn from these types of players.”

For a striker, movement - both with the ball and without it - is hugely important, and it seems that Akpom has been getting the right kind of advice from Rosicky.

Rosicky is one of the more creative and inventive players in the Arsenal team, and him suggesting to Akpom how to improve on his movement is certainly going to be helpful to the youngster in the future.

The teenager is surrounded by some top-class creative players at Arsenal, and forging an understanding with them on the pitch will be key to him scoring goals and establishing himself in the first team in the long run.

Akpom has been linked with a loan move to the Championship, with The Independent claiming that Nottingham Forest, Norwich City and Bournemouth are all interested in his services (click here to read more).

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