By Harvey Byrne

Alex Iwobi believes that young Arsenal striker Chuba Apkom will be the next player to follow him into the first team.

Iwobi, 20, has become a regular within the Gunners first team squad in the new campaign, which has seen him make seven appearances for the side in all competitions.

The attacker believes that Akpom, 21, will be the next player to make the breakthrough from the club’s Under-23’s, but he did state that he “didn’t know what to expect.”

“I don’t really know who to expect, because you never know who will come through,” said Iwobi to FourFourTwo. “But I’d say Chuba Akpom will be the next to join.

“He and Glen Kamara are probably my best friends at the club. I’ve known Chuba since I was about three years old – I used to play Sunday League with him for Rippleway in Newham, and now we’re still at Arsenal together.”

Akpom has already made 10 appearances for the Gunners in the early stages of his career, but has failed to make a long lasting run in the first team.

He spent last season on loan in the Championship with Hull, making 41 appearances for the Tigers as they won promotion scoring seven goals.

He has made one EFL Cup appearance for the north London club in the new campaign, and faces strong competition in the forward position from Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Lucas Perez.

In other Arsenal team news, midfielder Mesut Ozil has backed his Germany teammates to take another step forward to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.