Tottenham's Harry Kane acts as inspiration for Arsenal forward Chuba Akpom

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It is not often that you will hear an Arsenal striker speak about how he is looking to emulate someone who plays for their bitter rivals.

Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom has revealed that he is hoping to use his time out on loan to prove to Arsene Wenger that he is deserving of a place in the Gunners side, much like Harry Kane did for their bitter rivals, the Daily Express reports.

The England striker left White Hart Lane for spells with Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City, before really making his mark for Mauricio Pochettino's side at the start of last season.

Akpom - who is currently out on loan with Championship leaders Hull City, but has previously enjoyed stints with Brentford, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest - believes that time away from the Emirates will help him follow in Kane's footsteps and help him to establish himself in the side upon his return.

"I think the loan system is there to build you up as a player," he stated.

"Harry Kane will probably tell you that most of his loans made him into the player he is now. I'm hoping that can be the case for me.

"On each loan I've learned something, so hopefully next season, or in the next few seasons, I can just be as good as I can be," he added.

The 20-year-old made an excellent start to life at the KC Stadium, scoring in his first two appearances for the Tigers. However, since then, the goals have dried up, and the England U21 international has hit the back of the net just once in his last 18 games in all competitions. 

Nevertheless, with Steve Bruce's men at the top of the table, the loan spell allows Akpom to grow in a team that will be expecting success most weeks. And should the team's form continue, then the youngster can expect many more chances to show to Wenger exactly what he would bring to the Arsenal side. 

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