For what seems an eternity there has been constant talk of Arsenal’s need for a new top striker if they want to go that extra mile in the league and become Premier League champions once again.
However, the club have just let the man that would have solved all their striker troubles leave on loan. Chuba Akpom, one of the stars of the Arsenal U21 team, who has just been loaned to Hull for the season.
Olivier Giroud is the main striker at the club, and deservedly so. In the Frenchman the club has the perfect striker to suit Arsenal’s style of play. He is strong on the ball, has incredible movement and technical ability, can hold the ball up well then bring team mates into play and of course that wonderful eye for goal.
The France international loves the big games and rarely goes missing when his side really need him.
Currently Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck are the back up strikers, but neither player is truly comfortable filling the lone striker role. They lack the strength and hold up ability needed to succeed in the role. They would be better out wide, or playing off a striker.
And Akpom would have been perfect to fill in for Giroud this season when needed.
Wenger has always been good at introducing talented members of the youth side into the first team and giving them their chance, a believer of the statement ‘If he’s good enough he is old enough.’
The youngster is an out and out striker, who regularly impresses for the U21 side and deserves a chance at first team football for the Gunners.
He is used to playing in the lone striker role and possesses a number of important qualities. Standing at just over six foot, the player is a big strong striker with a great aerial presence, but also possesses a great deal of pace.
One of his best attributes is his constant movement, Akpom is always looking to find space and get on the ball. He is technically gifted and loves to run with the ball to unsettle defenders.
The striker offers something slightly different to Giroud in to his pace and movement, but he has all the physical and mental attributes to suit Arsenal’s tactics.
With players like Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsay, Santi Carzola and Jack Wilshere joining in the attacking threat, it puts a lot less pressure on the striker to carry the side and this would certainly suit the young talent.
Akpom has some serious potential and given a chance in the first team he will only get better and better. Wenger shouldn’t have let a talent like this go to waste.