Talented striker Chuba was an integral part of the youth set-up last season, scoring 15 times in his 23 appearances for the academy sides.
The England youth international also completed short loan spells at Brentford and Coventry City in the second half of the campaign. Chuba made two appearances for the first team last season and scored a penalty in the shoot-out win against West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup.
Chuba Akpom Profile
October 09, 1995
Brentford (loan), Coventry City (loan)
He produced impressive showings in the Uefa Youth League and the FA Youth Cup with a combined tally of nine goals in the two cup competitions.
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 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 did not feature for the first team in March.