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The 19-year-old scored a hat-trick while competing in the Barclays Asia Trophy against a Singapore Select XI, and looked in confident mood. He was less impressive in the Emirates Cup however, and despite glimpses of real quality, his selfish play saw him squander far too many chances and lose possession far too regularly.
Regardless, the young Englishman claims he is determined to remain at the Emirates to fight for his place – insisting that he doesn’t want to be sent out on loan again this season.
“I’d prefer to stay here and fight for a place and give it my all and compete with the other strikers,” Akpom said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“There is a lot of talent in the team but I think I am capable of competing and getting a place in the team, it’s all down to hard work.
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“The boss really likes playing young players when he can and that motivates the young players because it shows them that they have a chance.”
Arsene Wenger is known for giving youth a chance, and Akpom will have been pleased with the time afforded to him on the pitch in recent weeks. There will be plenty of competition ahead of him in the pecking order, but the starlet may well see some action in the cup competition.
With the start of Premier League almost upon us, we are running out of time to make additions. With the squad as it is at the moment, we could certainly do with a few more bodies in the forward areas, so keeping the likes of Akpom and Alex Iwobi at the club could be hugely important.