Chuba Akpom has announced he is side-lined ‘for awhile’ due to a back injury. The return date is unknown but the striker isn’t expected back any time sooner and is set to miss a major part of this season.
After spending a season on loan at Hull City, Wenger granted the 21-year-old a first-team opportunity because of his brilliant display in pre-season.
Akpom has made a total of ten appearances for Arsenal since making his debut three years ago. The youngster started for the Gunners against Nottingham Forest in the EFL fixture, a game that ended in a 4-0 victory for the North London club.
Wenger hasn’t given him another run since then and the forward has confirmed his injury is a long-term setback through Instagram.
“Gutted to be out for a while with this back injury. Ill be back stronger,” the England Under-21 star revealed on the social media platform.
Arsene Wenger has opted for Alexis Sanchez up front and Theo Walcott out wide with Olivier Giroud and Lucas Perez as back-up. With plenty of options in attack it would be assumed the striker’s absence isn’t a major dent in the Gunners’ campaign.
However, the young talent is now a useful asset the Frenchman will not available to play in secondary tournaments such as the EFL Cup and that means more work and less rest for the primary strikers.
The team at AllArsenal wishes Akpom a speedy recovery.