Arsenal are set to be suffer more striker shortage in January as reports have it that the Gunners’ youngster Chuba Akpom will be sent out on-loan next month, with League One leaders Brentford the most likely destination for the highly-rated 18-year-old. Akpom’s loan move is expected to run till the end of the season.
Considered one of the Gunners’ most promising English talents, manager Arsene Wenger has previously praised Akpom’s “personality and quality”.
Loan moves isn’t a new thing with Wenger as that is the Frenchman’s style of exposing his talented players. In the past, he has sent out Wilshere, Bendtner, Larsson, Djourou, Coquelin and Szczesny and with the Gunners out of the Capital One Cup which is Wenger’s budding ground for his fledging talents, a loan move is the next ideal solution so that the youngsters who are too young to be risked at the highest level with Arsenal could get competitive games that will help them hone their skills.
The implication of this imminent development is that Wenger might just be keen on bringing in a more experienced striker. The Gunners have limited resources in the central striking role with Giroud showing signs of fatigue before going out injured and Bendtner expected to leave in the winter window, if Wenger didn’t have the intention of bringing in another forward whether on short or long term, he would have kept Akpom who is yet another striker though a young one.
It shows Wenger’s seriousness and determination at winning the league. Le Prof isn’t ready to risk youth. Akpom’s imminent loan switch is a good move for both Arsenal and the young forward. Arsenal gets someone who can do the job in the short time while Akpom continues his development unhindered somewhere else.