Yesterday news came out that Chuba Akpom would be returning from his loan spell at Coventry city, and it was instantly made abundantly clear that Nicklas Bendtner, was now even below the Plucky 18 year old in the pecking order for striking options, after his taxi shagging escapades in Copenhagen last week. Where was Bendtner when this news came out I hear you ask? Well, he was rumoured to be in Copenhagen (again) however this time however he was watching the capital team against Randers FC wearing a Copenhagen shirt, he also posted an Instagram photo with the caption “Above it” clearly indicating what he thought of supporting the club paying his contract even though he wasn’t in the squad.
Having been at the club since the age of 6 and the news coming out today that Chuba Akpom would be returning from his 2nd loan spell this season, the first being Brentford and the second Coventry City, without a doubt the latter of the two clubs being where Akpom had found more of his success. However when you look at Brentford a bit closer and find out their current manager used to be a city worker its not surprising he took as little risk as possible playing a largely unproven loan striker.
Returning to Chuba Akpom quickly it would suggest that he will be now be Arsenals 3rd striker, although he failed to score in the football league we saw what he was capable of against West Brom at the start of the season (Where coincidentally Bendtner made his come back) carrying the ball a good 60/70 metres before feeding Bendtner who then decided to let the ball run past him and go off for a goal kick.
Although it is unlikely that Akpom will get to see the light of premier league football for a large amount of time, if at all, due to the fact Olivier Girouds body appears to be made of steel (No matter how much rolling around he does) and Yaya Sanogo ahead of him what Akpom will provide is running off of the defender, an element which we’ve certainly been lacking recently and something that arguably our most important player Mesut Ozil needs to show how great he can be, he’s only played 10 minutes in the premier league, against Sunderland at the start of the Season and West Bromwich Albion in the Capital one cup, so teams such as Swansea won’t know what to expect from him, and the thing I believe the fans will love the most about Chuba, is his undenying passion, he has a fire in his belly which could start wood fires on a damp day, ever since I started watching youth football that is the one thing i’ve been unable to not notice, he chases balls for days, he tracks back into the middle of the pitch, collects the ball, picks up a pass and runs, if a decision doesn’t go his way he’s always contesting it with the ref, and if he wins a penalty he’s often very hyped, with high 5’s and chest bounces all over the pitch. He loves Arsenal, pure and simple.
The fact Akpom didn’t score in the Football League does not give the full story, as the loan had a temporary recall clause he was recalled by Arsenal 3 times in the period of his loan whilst also making 5 appearances for Coventry City and I believe missing 2 coventry games. So not only was he having to adapt to league football he was also constantly travelling between Coventry and London, not to mention before his final Coventry appearance against his former loan team Brentford he had flown to Barcelona on Tuesday and back the day after, this might be expected of premier league hardened footballers however in League one, this is just unheard of (Obviously)
Finally, although Chuba Akpom failed to score on his loan times he didn’t fail to score in the last 2 games he played for Arsenal U19 against Barcelona and against Everton in the FA Youth cup. Furthermore the loan has been very influential to Akpom, not only has he increased his tactical awareness and overall game play, he’s stronger, fitter and perhaps most important for the premier league, faster. Should anything happen to Giroud or we have to rest him before the FA Cup Semi Final, do not be afraid to put your faith in the very passionate young Englishman, we could do a lot worse.