Akpom hungry for Arsenal chance

Arsene Wenger turned to the young striker ahead of the likes of Joel Campbell when chasing the game against Southampton on New Year’s Day and he is determined to make an impression

Chuba Akpom has set his sights on becoming a first-team regular at Arsenal after making his second appearance in Thursday’s 2-0 defeat to Southampton.

The young striker replaced Mathieu Debuchy with six minutes to go on Thursday as Arsenal chased a way back into the game at St Mary’s Stadium.

Akpom was unable to turn around the game in his brief cameo but, after impressing for the club’s Under-21s this season with nine goals in as many games, he hopes to keep catching the eye of Arsene Wenger and receive more first-team opportunities.

“I’m really feeling part of the team,” the 19-year-old told the club’s official website.

“I’m starting to train with them a bit more and I’m getting more of a feel about how it is to be on the bench.

“I’m just dying to get on every game and every minute counts. I try my best to make the most of each opportunity that I get so, when I went out there I just gave 100 per cent.

“Every game I’m hoping to get an opportunity. I just want to play. I’m hungry for it now.

“I want to show the boss what I’m made of and I think that I’m ready. I think I can have a good impact on the team. Hopefully I get a chance.”

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