Chuba Akpom’s protracted loan move to Brentford has finally been completed, with the striker joining the League One side on what is initially a one-month deal.
It was originally thought that Akpom would be retained by Arsenal for the next couple of weeks at least given the current lack of options up front, but the news that Nicklas Bendtner could make a swift return from injury has accelerated Akpom’s temporary departure.
Akpom has certainly made considerable progression since signing his scholarship at the start of last season, with the striker having featured for the first-team in the Premier League and Capital One Cup as well as impressing during the pre-season tour of Asia last summer.
His major achievements have come at youth level, however, with the England U19 international having scored 13 goals in 20 appearances for Arsenal’s U21 side last season as he was installed as the second-string’s lead striker at the age of 16.
Now 18, he has found goals a little harder to come by this season, but returned to form somewhat with an emphatic hat-trick in the 6-1 victory over Peterborough United in the FA Youth Cup on Monday night.
It is hoped that Akpom’s spell with Brentford, which could be extended if he impresses, will provide him with some much-needed game time at a competitive level as he hopes to break into the Arsenal first-team set-up as quickly as possible.
Benik Afobe, it seems, will remain at the club for the time being, whilst fellow striker Zak Ansah, who hasn’t featured at all this season owing to injury, is closing in on a return.