Football is a cut throat business and unfortunately for the fans, sometimes that young prodigy that you told all your mates was going to be a star one day doesn’t quite make it. For Arsenal fans, that man is Chuba Akpom and yesterday he was sold to PAOK Athens for just under £1 million, ending his 16-year stay with the club, leaving plenty of Gunners devasted.
— Chuba Akpom (@cakpom) August 3, 2018
The 22-year-old striker spent a lot of his time at Arsenal on loan and it never seemed like he would be able to break into the first team and succeed long-term at the club. However, there’s no reason why he can’t go away and hone his skills and eventually come back to The Emirates one day as a better player. The young striker has all the raw attributes of a top forward but it’s about maturing into his game and putting in the hard work too.
Akpom is just one of a number of promising youngsters to come out of Arsenal. Whilst he may not have had the fairytale ending to his Arsenal days, it doesn’t mean others can’t. At the moment, the club has the likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Emile Smith-Rowe, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah who are all promising to do big things at The Emirates and the fans will be hoping they don’t follow the same path that Akpom has.
You can read the fans’ verdict on Akpom here:
Good luck, Chuba! hope your new adventure in Greece goes well!!
— (@Haba_Atsumi) 3 August 2018
Good luck broo been here since the start, tear it up over there
— Gio (@Akpommed) 3 August 2018
Gutted it didn’t work out at Arsenal. I thought you would be our number 9 for years to come. Not sure what happened. Good luck for future
— Stu Cross (@StuXross) August 3, 2018
Good luck Chuba! sad to see you go but excited for the next chapter!!
— loca. (@antoinelocaa) 3 August 2018
Hope to see you back someday. Always had the needed talent. Good luck.
— Merci Arsène. (@Emericoyg) August 3, 2018
Never got to see you play for Arsenal fully which is gutting especially since you were one of our potential stars. Hope you have a great chapter ahead and hope to see you soon #Gunner
— BingBong DingDong (@bingbongjohn) August 3, 2018
Good luck Chuba, once a gunner always a gunner
— Gooner-For-Life (@Paul_ParsbeyAFC) 3 August 2018
Going to miss you Chuba, thanks for the memories!
— Dylan Ozil (@AubaLacaFlocka) August 3, 2018
Whilst Akpom’s departure is hard to take for some fans, they’ll be hoping he can succeed in Greece and go on to be a big player.