The young Arsenal and England striker Chuba Akpom has only made one appearance for the first team this season and although it was a pretty good one, as he won a penalty and claimed an assist to help Arsenal run out 4-0 winners over Nottingham Forest in the EFL cup, it is not much to show for the season up to this point.
His lack of playing time is largely due to injury problems though, as he has only played four games for the under 21s, but now that Danny Welbeck has recovered from his own injury and with Theo Walcott set to return and joing the likes of Giroud, Alexis, Iwobi, Lucas Perez and the Ox in fighting for a place in the forward line, I do not rate Akpom’s chances of playing a lot of football for the rest of the season very highly.
Well not for Arsenal anyway, but he may be set for a lot of regular time out on the pitch if the boss decides to let him go out on loan. According to the Birmingham Mail his likely destination is the West Midlands, with Steve Bruce interested in taking him to Aston Villa. He would certainly get a lot of playing time there and it was under Bruce that he played on loan last season when the manager was in charge of Hull City, but Villa are languishing in mid table and I have an idea that Wenger would like the youngster to go to a better club, especially if he could get some Premier League experience while on loan.
So should Arsenal just accept the offer and let him go to Villa or should we hold tight in case a better offer comes along?