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Akpom 'advised' to go on loan by new Arsenal youth chief Jonker

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Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom has been told to consider two loan offers from the Eredivisie by the club’s new Academy chief Andries Jonker.

Akpom, 18, has represented England at every youth level up to Under-19s and also made his debut in the Arsenal first team two seasons ago.

The talented forward, who scored six goals in nine U21 Premier League games last season, has previously been sent out on loan to Brentford and Coventry City in a bid to gain first-team experience.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger possesses a wealth of attacking options in Akpom’s position this season with the likes of Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo ahead of him in the pecking order.

Eredivisie sides Feyenoord and FC Twente have both contacted Arsenal about the availability of Akpom and it looks likely that Wenger will give the green light for the Newham-born forward to go on a season-long loan in Holland.

New Head of Youth development Jonker and several of his academy staff have a good relationship with Feyenoord in particular and have encouraged Akpom to consider any loan bid which comes his way.

Meanwhile, defender Ignasi Miquel is expected to join Championship side Norwich before the transfer window closes on September 1st.

The 21-year-old has struggled to establish himself in the Arsenal first team and the Canaries are hopeful that £1.5million will be enough to prize him away from North London.

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Delford Magaya
Delford Magaya
5 years ago

The idea of sending these young boys on loan who are around 19 years old is a good idea if the team is in the Premier League to enable them to adjust to the type of Premier League football. Arsenal should not sell these young boys, they will improve as they grow up. We have players like Joel Camblell, he should not be send on loan again, we have Gnabery he should future for the first team on other games in the Premier League, he has shown that he is a quality player and can play in the first Arsenal… Read more »

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