Arsenal set to let Chuba Akpom leave despite injury crisis

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Arsenal will allow Chuba Akpom to join Brentford on loan this week despite concerns over options up front, reports the Daily Mail.

The young striker looked imperious as he captained Arsenal to a 6-1 victory against Peterborough in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup, netting a hat-trick in the process.

His rise to prominence seemed to be timed perfectly with Theo Walcott set to sit out the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

But it seems Arsene Wenger doesn't deem to 18-year-old striker as a viable option for the first team just yet and will allow the player to leave on loan on Thursday.

Brentford manager Mark Warburton was in the stands to see Akpom net three times against the Posh and is also thought to be attracting interest from Peterborough, Leyton Orient and the MK Dons.

The Gunners are struggling for options up front as Walcott's injury followed less serious strains to Nicklas Bendtner and Olivier Giroud. The latter is expected to return against Aston Villa on Monday while the former is pencilled in for a return to training in the near future.

Options seem to fall away after Bendtner and Giroud with just Lukas Podolski, primarily a winger, to cover should both of the sustain a more serious injury.

Wenger is believed to be monitoring a number of targets with the likes of Diego Costa and Mario Mandzukic being linked with a move. However, neither Bayern Munich or Atletico Madrid are expected to let their star forwards depart halfway through the season.

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