Chuba Akpom opens door to shock exit as he stalls on Arsenal contract

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Arsene Wenger faces a battle to keep highly-rated starlet Chuba Akpom, as a number of other Premier League clubs are circling around his signature with interest.

According to reports the 19-year-old forward is uncertain over his future at the Emirates Stadium as there is a multitude of players ahead of him in the pecking order, and as such he’s stalling over agreeing to put pen to paper on a new deal.

Akpom interest

The likes of Everton and Manchester City are ready to compete for his services, but it’s the presence of bitter rivals Tottenham amongst his suitors that will worry Wenger most. Spurs are said to be considering him as they prepare to add to their squad, and with the current strikers at White Hart Lane misfiring, Akpom will fancy his chances of cracking their first-team.

However, the deep-rooted rivalry between the two north London clubs could serve as an obstacle, and Wenger will be all too aware of the backlash he'd get from Gunners fans were he to let a talented young player make a transition to Mauricio Pochettino's setup.

Wenger 1-0 Ancelotti

Meanwhile the French coach can revel in the fact that he outsmarted Carlo Ancelotti, albeit 15 odd years ago.

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The Real Madrid manager revealed recently that one of his biggest footballing regrets was not realising that Gunners legend Thierry Henry was more suited to being a forward than a winger during his time at Juventus.

The French striker ended up being brought to England by Wenger, where he excelled as a striker and made a name for himself as a lethal goalscorer. A good many seasons spent tormenting defences allowed him to go down in history as arguably the Premier League's greatest ever forward, and Ancelotti has to live with the fact that he didn't utilise him properly.

Other news

- Olivier Giroud will not be able to participate in Arsenal's Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund this week, as Wenger failed to register him after being told he would be injured for the duration of the group stages. The France international returned from injury to score a late goal against Manchester United on Saturday, but is not eligible for this round of Europe's premier competition.

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