I wonder if this latest Arsenal transfer rumour could be behind the fact that Arsene Wenger has had the young Gunners’ striker Chuba Akpom on the Arsenal bench for recent games and has even given the 19-year old his Premier League debut at Southampton and some important game time in the FA cup win over Hull City last weekend.
Because according to a report in the Daily Star, the Gunners are in danger of losing the prolific young player. With Akpom having really come into great form this season, scoring an impressive nine goals from just 10 games for the Arsenal under 21 side and doing very well for the England under 20s as well, he has begun to draw interest from various clubs.
Our Premier League rivals Man City, Everton and Tottenham have been mentioned, but it is Jurgen Klopp and Dortmund that are apparently the biggest risk to Arsenal losing one of our best young talents. Apparently the German club could try to complete a transfer deal in the January transfer window, but even if they don’t, Akpom is out of contract at the end of the season.
So Wenger has a big job on his hands convincing this young Gunner that he will get decent opportunities on the pitch despite all the attacking options already in the Arsenal squad. Is that why Wenger is happy to let Sanogo and Podolski go out on loan? And will it be enough for us to keep Akpom at the Emirates?