Akpom rounds off impressive season with brace in defeat of Wimborne

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.



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subs: Huddart, Olsson, Akpom, Kamara, Siemann.



    1. Interesting that all those rumoured to be or definitely leaving were absent. Shea eastmond meade henderson watt boateng rees wynter bhimoutine neita hajrovic monteiro fagan jeffrey ansah aneke ebicilio angha etc.

      I’m not saying or even hoping that they are all going but can it be a coincidence?

      1. Mate this was a meaningless friendly i really doubt so much is riding on a game against Wimborne rovers or whatever they are called

      2. Meaningless or not just saying that the players not involved are conspicuos by their absence.

  1. One of Monteiro or Hajrovic will stay IMO.
    AJ could sign a one year deal.
    Wynter and Ansah I could see staying.

    Aneke has been training with the first-team a lot recently.

    1. Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Cesc Fabregas ,Santi Cazorla ….. size really matters.
      The unsung hero who does all the water carrying to allow the tippy tappy players to showboat. Many great going forward but offer nothing when having to defend.
      I know who i would want along side me if it hit the fan. More like Yennaris please.

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