Arsenal recall Akpom from Coventry loan


Source: Pete Norton/Getty Images Europe

Source: Pete Norton/Getty Images Europe

Arsenal have recalled striker Chuba Akpom from his loan spell at League One side Coventry City.

The 18 year old, who previously spent time in the same division with Brentford, made five league outings for The Sky Blues and, despite the fact that he failed to find the net whilst out on loan, the youngster has evidently benefitted in terms of his physicality and tactical understanding of the game.

With Olivier Giroud not in the best of form and Nicklas Bendtner having been isolated from the first-team set-up following his recent disciplinary problems, Akpom may well find himself in and around the senior squad upon his return to London Colney, with 21 year old Yaya Sanogo the only other attacking option.

Akpom still featured intermittently for the Arsenal youth teams whilst he was on loan, scoring in the UEFA Youth League and the FA Youth Cup, and he could have a prominent part to play when the U18s take on Chelsea in their two-legged Semi-Final in the latter competition.

The England U19 international has already featured for the Arsenal first-team, scoring four goals during the pre-season tour of Asia before proceeding to make his debuts in the Premier League and the Capital One Cup against Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion respectively.

* News courtesy of Reuben Lewis

8 comments

  1. o0o, awesome! I’ve been waiting for him to possibly feature in the first team for ages now (in the league/seasonal game). He’s top notch. I don’t care if he doesn’t score for Coventry, I’m sure if he gets a through ball, he’ll finish with aplomb, he’s that clinical! Also, little n big man combo – Sanogo and Akpom, not that Akpom is small but he’s a fox in the box (hate using that, makes me think of jeffers:-/ ), gets flick ons and tap ins. Hope we see him this season, even if it’s a few sub appearances, he’s an awesome talent

  2. I heartily approve of this. I fancy there’ll be a surprise or two in Tuesday’s squad/team- Hayden was my thinking, but it might just be Chuba now.

    Hopefully, this has been done in such a way as to not leave Coventry feeling cheesed off. It would be pretty natural for them to have found it annoying when he kept being recalled, despite their presumably understanding it could be like that from the off.

    Clearly, the loan did wonders for Chuba in a short space of time, add that to the facts that the Coventry manager showed great respect to Wenger when we played them, and that his team looked to play good, attractive football, and it seems there’s a good opportunity to build a relationship there which could lead to us loaning them a player or two (full loans, ideally, next time) with high expectations of them getting a decent amount of playing time in a good environment to develop.

    We should’ve started by offering them any of Toral, Bellerin, Eisfeld or Olsson for what is left of the season- all quality, all ready for a loan, all only have relatively meaningless u21 fixtures to play in for us at the moment. Failing that, Coventry should be top of the list when we look to make loans next year.

  3. I’ld love to see Chuba get some game time. The way Giroud’s been playing, and the energy that Akpom plays with I think even as young as he is he can contribute valuable minutes right now for the first team (Isaac Hayden as well)

  4. I would like to see the club get Campbell and aneke back too and immediately add them to the first team squad officially. I think bellerin also looks a better prospect than Jenkinson, whilst hayden Olsson ormonde-ottewill toral and ajayi are darn site better than they are given credit for.
    Out in the summer or sooner in some cases – fabianski Viviano vermaelen monreal Jenkinson (loan) coquelin djourou diaby kallstrom arteta podolski giroud park bendtner sanogo (loan) ryo miquel boateng afobe

    Promote martinez bellerin ormonde-ottewill ajayi Olsson toral eisfeld akpom Campbell aneke and buy half a dozen world class players in the positions we will most need them. Gk, Rb (assuming sagna goes), Cb, Dm, Lw Cf then also buy remy as support striker. – Casillas pizeck draxler or griezmann Cavani or falcao and 2 beasts in the Dm Cb roles De rossi and hummels will do nicely Leaving our first team squad looking something like this
    Casillas Szczesney martinez
    Sagna or piczceck, bellerin
    Gibbs, ormonde-ottewill
    Mertesacker hummels koscielny ajayi
    De rossi Flamini wilshire Ramsey Olsson toral zelalem
    Walcott ozil draxler or griezmann chamberlain cazorla Campbell eisfeld rosicky aneke
    Cavani or falcao remy akpom
    That is 3 players for each position apart from defence where continuity is key so only 2 required but we would have Jenkinson out on loan to recall if we needed aanother right back. If we had the cash I would go for luke shaw and subotic rather than promote boo and ajayi as they are not quite there yet, they could then go on loan.

  5. This news is kind a awesome. I saw Akpom vs Barcelona and I thought he looked really good and strong. Giroud is not good for the team…. If we can secure the 4th place and give the youngsters a chance to play then that will be huge! I had my doubts about Akpom but he has proven to be actually pretty good. Now if he can do the same thing for the first team. He reminds me a lot of Remy.

  6. ATID you are spot on we need 3 class player in each position , the most important position in a football team is defencive midfielder and my arsenal have not had that since silva and viera …. flamini not good enough for ac milan why is he good enough for arsenal , arteta works hard for the team, but i am sorry not good enough for arsenal too slow how is going to stop players like messi and why hasnt team like madrid or barcelona never bid for him because he is not good enough for a big big team, and arsenal need act like big big team. we need strong , fast,
    clever, hardworking, leade, defence midfielders 2 of them to win the league and champions league….Mertesacker not good enough too slow, we need world class defender to partner koscielny because he is world class ….. i like remy very much i looks like he is the real deal trust me wenger buy him…. i like toral very much from the youth team i saw him playing vs barcelona best player on the arsenal team watch out for him next year and he is half british why doesnt the england FA persuade him to play for england if they dont they are stupid….draxler very very good but too expensive but if we buy him for 37m now i am sure we can sell him after 7 years at least for 80m to madrid….and at last Walcott arsenal team miss you beacuse the team is 10 times better when you are playing wenger give the guy 5 years contract or i can see him goin to chelsea or manchester city… and wenger please do very thing you can to bring back cesc fabregas to arsenal this summmer because he is a leader and world class player….

  7. Just remembered -u21’s have a game tomorrow afternoon.

    If Akpom is not selected that will strongly indicate he’s been brought back with senior team in mind.

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