Arsenal attacker: I would play in goal just to get minutes under my belt
By Amir Mir
Chuba Akpom has insisted he would play in goal just to get minutes for Arsenal after featuring on the left wing in their 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.
Striker Akpom played 83 minutes for Arsene Wenger’s side as they beat the Championship outfit at the City Ground to progress to the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
The 20-year-old won a penalty in the second-half which was converted by Lucas Perez, whose brace was supplemented by goals from Granit Xhaka and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
But Akpom insisted he was happy playing out wide for club and stated he would play anywhere on the pitch if it meant getting game time.
“I think right now I’d play anywhere, ” said the Arsenal youngster, as quoted by the Metro. “I’d play in goal just to get minutes, just to be involved in the team.
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“I didn’t mind playing on the wing today, I’ll play anywhere the boss wants me to play, but today it was still an attacking position and I just tried to be as much of a threat as I could.”
The powerful striker has had four loan spells during his career, most recently helping Hull win promotion from the Championship last season by scoring seven goals in 41 appearances.
Akpom revealed he will continue to push himself in order to get more minutes on the pitch as he faces stiff completion from Perez, Theo Walcott and Oliver Giroud for a starting place.
“Hopefully [I can get] more games and more minutes,” said Akpom.
“The feeling of just going out there with an Arsenal top on and just playing is the best feeling and that’s the feeling that I want to have, so I’ve just got to keep working hard in training and keep working hard to just get out there and get as many minutes as I can.”
Akpom has made ten appearances in all competitions for Arsenal since making his debut against Sunderland in 2013.
He joined his boyhood club aged six and has gone on to represent England at five different age levels scoring 18 goals in 40 appearances.
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