Akpom, who has been at Arsenal since the age of six, has all the flair and brashness that has come to be associated with attacking players of Wenger’s reign and modern football in general.
Akpom was playing with the U18 team aged just 15, was called up to the senior squad at age 17 and has since been sent out on loan to Brentford, Coventry City & Nottingham Forest in order to aid his development.
The 19-year-old’s international goal-scoring record is impressive at a number of age groups – scoring 5 in 13 appearances at U17 level, 6 in 13 at U19 and 6 in 11 at U20.
Despite interests from other Premier League clubs as well as from abroad, Wenger was eager to keep 6ft tall star at the club and tied him down to a four and a half year deal in February of this year.
His impressive pre-season has also prompted Wenger to confirm that he will not be sent out on loan this season indicating that he may have a big part to play in the coming months.
“No. I sent him out on loan last year because I thought he needed that.” Wenger said when asked on his plans for Apkom this new season.
“This pre-season, during the season I plan to keep him with us”