Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom explains what Wenger said ahead of Hull City switch

Chuba Akpom

Arsenal’s Chuba Akpom joined Hull City on a season-long loan deal this summer.

Arsenal loanee Chuba Akpom has explained that boss Arsene Wenger told him he has a future in North London prior to making his switch to Hull City, the Mirror reports.

The talented striker rose through the youth ranks at the Emirates Stadium before tasting a little bit of Championship action with Nottingham Forest last season.

With his way to a regular spot in Arsenal’s first-team XI currently blocked, Akpom joined Championship promotion favourites Hull earlier this summer.

Prior to his switch to the Tigers, the 19-year-old spoke to boss Wenger, and he has now explained how the Frenchman gave him a great vote of confidence on his Gunners future.

“Arsene Wenger has told me I will play for Arsenal, I just needed to get some experience. When the boss has confidence in you, other managers are going to have confidence in you as well,” The Mirror quotes him as saying.

Akpom made an immediate impact on his Tigers debut, scoring his side’s second goal in the opening day 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at the KC Stadium.

It was his first goal in the Championship, and now the England U20 international is looking at knuckling down and playing a big part for Steve Bruce’s side in order to return to North London a better player.

He added: "This is the most important loan for me and I can already feel it is going to be better than the ones before. This one is for me to make more of an impact. Also, I am getting older, so time is ticking."

“I need to get into the Gunners first team so, hopefully, I can go back a better player and get my spot in the first team on a regular basis.”

Future at Arsenal

Standing at 6ft, Akpom’s height and style of play arguably gives him a better chance of making it at Arsenal considering Wenger’s preference of playing a lone centre-forward.

The talented youngster boasts plenty of pace, power and natural finishing ability, but what his boss may well be looking for is how he also contributes to the team outside the penalty area.

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