Striker loan move delayed

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Arsenal have delayed Chuba Akpom’s loan move to Brentford until later this month.

The young striker was due to join the League One club this week, but after injuries to Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner, along with a favourable FA draw, the club have decided to put a hold on things.

Akpom, realistically, has little chance of making an impact in the first team at this point in his career, but with options severely limited at the moment, and Arsenal facing a trip to Southampton on the Tuesday after the FA Cup clash with Coventry, he’s being retained as some measure of insurance.

Akpom scored a hat-trick this week in the FA Youth Cup against Peterborough – video highlights here.

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