Akpom: It’s in my interest to succeed in Belgium

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Chuba Akpom says it was his decision to move on loan to Belgian side STVV and that he’s determined to make a good impression knowing that he has only 18 months left on his current Arsenal contract.

A fringe player at the Emirates this season, the England under-21 international made the surprise move across the Channel on transfer deadline day in search of regular game time and first team experience.

Speaking to regional publication Het Balenag van Limburg (translated by Sport Witness), Akpom underlined how much he’s looking forward to the new challenge.

“I already have a good feeling about this move,” he said.

“For the sake of clarity, I have chosen STVV myself, Arsenal didn’t force this club on me. When I heard of the interest from Sint-Truiden, I did some research.

“If I ever want to become a real Gunner, I have to take the last step. So I will do everything to get STVV to the play-off 1.

“I need top matches, I realise that very well. In 18 months my contract with Arsenal ends so I have every interest in doing well here.

“Arsene Wenger recently told me that he has all the confidence in me and that I am sharp.”

This is Akpom’s sixth loan in five years and comes after spells at Brentford, Coventry, Nottingham Forest, Hull City and Brighton.

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