Arsenal have signed up the promising young striker Chuba Akpom now he is 17-years old. The talented teenager has been playing regular games with the under-21 team and scored on Monday after an assist by Jack Wilshere.
The young striker has been involved with the England youth teams and impressed at the under-17 Nordic tournament last year, scoring three goals. Hopefully another star of the future is now committed to being a Gunner.
Someone who did not sign a professional contract with their club and was snapped up by another side is Vito Mannone. Arsenal did pay some compensation to Atalanta but not a lot. Mannone has had many ups and downs in his young life but is finally getting, and taking, the chance to show that he can cut it in the Premier league.
It was nearly four years after he made his Arsenal debut in a pre-season friendly back in 2005 that Mannone made his full league debut as a Gunner. Occassional mistakes always seemed to overshadow his good performances and he spent a few periods out on loan to gain valuable experience.
The 24-year old keeper is feeling much better about himself and his career these days after getting a decent run due to Szczesny and Fabianski being out of action. He is determined to take the number one spot at Arsenal, but has revealed that his dream is to return to Italy one day and play for his boyhood team AC Milan and. of course, the Italian national side.