Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom has been ruled out for the rest of 2016 due to a stress fracture on his back according to Jack Pitt-Brooke of the Independent. The news will come as a big disappointment for player and club considering the forward’s impressive form in pre-season having scored against MLS All-Stars, Chivas, Viking FK and Manchester City during pre-season.
Akpom 21, was widely tipped to be Arsenal’s next star by most fans of the club hence it did not come as a surprise when Arsenal academy graduate and regular starter Alex Iwobi publicly tipped that this season will be his breakthrough season. Also Akpom would have made the starting line-up on Tuesday night against Reading in the fourth round of the league cup which Arsenal won 2-0 on the night at the Emirates, had it been he was fit after providing an assist in the third round against former club Nottingham Forest.
The youngster sustained the injury in September and was expected to have started training by now before the sad news of his worsening injury condition.
Last season, the England U-21 forward scored three goals in 36 Championship games for Hull City as Steve Bruce side won promotion via the play-offs. The forward has only four league appearance for Arsenal having gone on several loans to the likes of Coventry and Brentford before opting to remain at Arsenal this season for rather than go out again this season.
Arsenal will not miss him much things provided Alexis Sanchez continues to dazzle and impress upfront considering his promising form this season. Also playing catch- up and trying to reclaim his lost spot is Oliver Giroud who has seen less playing time considering the impressive form of the Chilean who was played on the wings last season.
Arsenal are flying high at the moment having qualified for the quarter-final of the League Cup and also bagging seven points in three games in the Champions League where they top their group which comprises of PSG, Ludogorets and Basel. The Gunners are also joint top in the league level on points with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City but second due to an inferior goal difference.