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.
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.”