Chuba Akpom has enjoyed a stellar 2012/13 campaign, with the hard-working striker establishing himself as the key marksman for the U21s, earning his maiden first-team call-up and signing his first professional contract, all whilst still technically a first-year scholar.
The England U19 international rounded off the season in fine form this evening, scoring both goals as a mixed Arsenal Development side prevailed with a 2-0 victory over Wimborne Town in a benefit game for former Wimborne players Andy Culliford and Kevin James.
Akpom started the game on the bench, but entered the fray in the second half and immediately made his presence felt with two impressive finishes, to add to the 19 goals he scored at all levels this campaign.
Arsenal’s team selection for this fixture provided a glimpse at what next season’s second-string side could look like, with first-year scholars Jack Jebb, Austin Lipman, Arinse Uade and Alex Iwobi drafted into the starting line-up, whilst Glen Kamara and Leander Siemann made the bench.
Following a closely-fought first-half, Akpom scored his first goal on the hour mark before doubling his and Arsenal’s tally in the dying moments. The 17 year old will now head into England’s U19 Elite Round qualifiers full of confidence.
subs: Huddart, Olsson, Akpom, Kamara, Siemann.