Chuba Akpom says he’s hoping he can follow Alex Iwobi’s lead and make the step up from Arsenal’s Academy to the first team.
The striker, who has been on the Gunners books since he was six-years-old and is currently on loan at Championship side Hull, came through the ranks with Iwobi and says he’s ‘buzzing’ that his close friend has enjoyed such a stellar rise this season.
Speaking to BT Sport ahead of England’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship clash with Switzerland, Akpom spoke of his determination to take his chance when he returns to the Emirates.
“It’s always good to see young British talent shining in the Premier League. Alex, I grew up with. He’s like a brother to me so I’m buzzing for him and buzzing for his progress.
“I just tell him that hopefully next season it’s me and him playing together. This summer I’m going to work as hard as I can and pre-season do the best that I can.
“It’s been a long time [at Arsenal],” he added. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Arsenal is a good club and I’ve always wanted to play in the first team so I’m looking forward to going back at the end of the season.”
Akpom has scored seven goals in 35 appearances for Steve Bruce’s Tigers this campaign and will likely be given a chance to play in Arsenal’s tour of the US in July.