The transfer business done by Arsene Wenger to strenthen the Arsenal squad during this January transfer window may have been a little underwhelming to some. It seemed to be the general trend amongst Premier League clubs though, and I think that the manager has done what he needed to do by getting a quality centre back in.
However, perhaps the most important things the Frenchman has managed in the last few weeks is to secure the long term futures of two players that could go on to be real stars of the future for the Gunners. First it was the somewhat frustrated Costa Rican international Joel Campbell, who was persuaded to sign a contract extension before heading to La Liga on loan with Villarreal.
And now The Mirror has reported the fantastic news that another young striker, Chuba Akpom, has been convinced that his future lies with Arsenal, despite heavy interest from some big clubs like Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund. The report claims that 19-year old Akpoom is set to sign a new four-and-a-half year deal which is said to be the best ever offered by the club to a player of that age.
And perhaps his latest chance in the first team, as a sub against Aston Villa, was the final piece in the jigsaw that convince him to commit to the club he has been with since 2002. Great news Gooners, but just how good do you think young Akpom could become?