Arsenal Set To Delay Youngster Exit

Chuba Akpom

Arsenal are set to pull the plug over the temporary exit of highly rated youngster Chuba Akpom. The striker crisis at the Emirates as forced Wenger to consider all plausible options of plugging it.

Before injuries to Bendtner and Walcott, it was reported by ITV news that in-form League One promotion chasers Brentford were close to signing him on a one month loan deal but according to BBC journalist David Ornstein, the loan move has been temporarily suspended.

Arsenal postpone Akpom loan to #Brentfordfc amid injuries. Due to sign this week but #afc want him as option for Coventry, then likely to go

— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 7, 2014

In January, besides the key Premier League matches, Arsenal face an FA Cup date against Coventry and the fact that they are minnows might encourage Wenger to give some of his stars a breather and allow the promising youngsters to prove their mettle.

With Nicklas Bendtner, Theo Walcott and Yaya Sanogo all out injured, next in line is South Korean striker Park Chu-Young who made the bench for the FA Cup game against Tottenham at the weekend and after him is Akpom.

Akpom didn’t do his candidacy any harm with his hat-trick in midweek and that may have made Arsene Wenger reconsider the pecking order and might just see the youngster leapfrog the South Korean international.

Left to me, it is a wise decision to have Akpom around at least till end of the month even if Wenger brings in a new striker as early as possible. It will be unfair to expect a player moving in from another league and country to hit the ground running immediately. They will still need some acclimatization period and during this time, Akpom might just prove useful.