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Chuba Amechi Williams Akpom

Chuba Amechi Akpom (born October 9, 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Arsenal. He has represented England at youth international levels.

Akpom was born in the London Borough of Newham and attended St Bonaventure’s School in Forest Gate. He is of Nigerian descent and is from a family of Arsenal fans.

Akpom joined Arsenal at the age of six. He made his debut for the Arsenal U-18 side at the age of 15, and signed his first professional contract with Arsenal on October 10, 2012, a day after turning 17.

In December 2012 Akpom received his first call into the Arsenal senior squad, when he was an unused substitute for a 2–1 Champions League defeat to Olympiakos.

He made 20 U-21 Premier League appearances during the 2012/13 season and scored 13 goals, including 10 goals in 10 games in the Elite Group stage. In the lead-up to the 2013/14 season, Akpom was selected for Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Asia and scored once in a 7–0 win against an Indonesia Dream Team, two more in a 7–1 win against Vietnam and another in Arsenal’s final game of the tour against Urawa Red Diamonds.

Akpom made his competitive debut in a 3–1 Premier League win over Sunderland on September 14, 2013. He came on in the third minute of injury time as a substitute for the injured Olivier Giroud.

On February 15, 2011 Akpom made his debut for England U-16s in a friendly match against Slovenia, which ended in a 0–0 draw.

On August 2, 2011 Akpom made his U-17 debut, scoring once in 4–0 win over the Faroe Islands. He made 13 appearances in total for the U-17s and scored five goals.

On September 6, 2012 Akpom made his England U-19 debut in a 3–1 defeat to Germany. He scored his first goal for the U-19s on September 26, 2012, in a 3–0 2013 European U-19 Championship qualifying win over Estonia. Two days later, he scored two goals in a 6–0 win over the Faroe Islands.

On October 11, 2014, Akpom scored his first goals for England U-20 coming on as an 87th minute substitute to score a brace against Netherlands U-20 in a 3–2 victory.

Akpom has been nicknamed “Titi” by Arsenal player Alexis Sánchez in comparison with the club’s former forward Thierry Henry.

 

Personal Information

Name:                  Chuba Akpom

Full name         Chuba Amechi Williams Akpom

Date of birth:     October 9, 1995 (age 19)

Place of birth:    Canning Town, Newham,England

Height:                 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)

Playing position: Striker

Current team:     Arsenal

Number:                38

Youth career

2002–2013:         Arsenal

Senior career

2013–Present:   Arsenal

2014:                   Brentford (loan)

2014:                  Coventry City (loan)

2015:                   Nottingham Forest (loan)

National team

2011:                   England U-16

2011–2012:       England U-17

2012–2014:         England U-19

2014–Present    England U-20

 

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