Chuba Akpom

Promising striker Chuba returned to Arsenal last summer after a successful year on loan with Hull City in the Championship.

His first full season of senior football got off to the perfect start; the England youth international scored in each of his first two games – wins over Huddersfield and Accrington Stanley – and went on to lead the Tigers’ front line for the next month.

Chuba Akpom Profile

Born October 09, 1995
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 32
Previous Club(s) Brentford (loan), Coventry City (loan), Hull City (loan)

Chuba also claimed his first professional hat-trick during his time with Hull, scoring all three goals as Steve Bruce’s side beat Bury to set up an FA Cup fifth-round tie against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

Although Hull were knocked out of the competition after losing 4-0 in the replay at KC Stadium, the striker would still get his taste of success at Wembley when he helped the Tigers beat Sheffield Wednesday in the play-off final to gain promotion to the Premier League.

Born in east London, Chuba joined the club’s Hale End aged six, progressing through the ranks to make his Arsenal debut alongside Mesut Ozil in September 2013. He then spent time on loan with Brentford, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest and signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners in 2015.

Having represented England since under-16 level, Chuba marked his first two under-21s appearances with goals in the young Lions’ European Championship qualifying wins over Kazakhstan and Switzerland last season.

Chuba Akpom's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2014-2015 0 + 3 0 0 0 0 + 3 0 0 + 1 0 0 0 0 + 7 0
2016-2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 0 + 3 0 0 0 0 + 3 0 1 + 1 0 0 0 1 + 7 0

My Year

  • 2016/17
  • 2015/16
  • 2014/15


Chuba did not play in August.


Chuba scored a hat-trick in Arsenal’s Barclays Asia Trophy opener against a Singapore Select XI. The young striker also made substitute appearances against Everton, Lyon and Wolfsburg. Speaking after scoring a hat-trick, Chuba said: “I’ve been at Arsenal since I was six years old, so that’s a few years and I really want to stay here. This season could be a big season for me and with a lot of hard work it could be a breakthrough season for me. The main thing is to stay here and I think the loans have helped me gain experience. I’m just getting better every time.”


After making his third Arsenal appearance in September when he was an 86th-minute substitute in the Gunners’ 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat against Southampton, Chuba did not feature for the first team in October but was a regular for the under-21s.


Chuba did not feature for the first team in November.


Chuba did not feature for the first team in December but was an unused substitute in the wins at Galatasaray and West Ham United.


Chuba played for the first team three times in January, coming on for the final six minutes against Southampton and Hull City before playing the last 20 minutes at Brighton & Hove Albion. “I’m really feeling part of the team,” the striker told Arsenal Player after the Southampton defeat. “I’m starting to train with them a bit more and I’m getting more of a feel about how it is to be on the bench.”


Chuba played three times in February, winning a penalty for Santi Cazorla to convert against Aston Villa before making brief substitute appearances against Tottenham and Middlesbrough. The forward also signed a new long-term contract with the club. Speaking ahead of the Middlesbrough game, Chuba said: “It’s really hard physically, mentally, everything. To make the step from the reserves to the first team is really hard as well, so it’s going to take a while to get used to but I’m really enjoying it and most importantly I think I’m capable of it.”


Chuba did not feature for the first team in March.


Chuba did not feature for the first team in May.