Wenger - Chuba has the killer instinct

Arsene Wenger has praised Chuba Akpom’s “killer instinct” in the penalty area.

The England Under-20 striker scored a hat-trick as the Gunners beat a Singapore Select XI 4-0 in the Barclays Asia Trophy on Wednesday.

Wenger is pleased with Akpom’s development and hopes he can push for further first-team opportunities over the coming months.

“I am delighted and not surprised because he has a killer instinct, you can feel his aggressive desire in the box,” the boss told Arsenal Player.

“That capacity to push defenders away, brush them away with his power is there. He needs to work hard and hopefully he will be encouraged by his three goals.

“This is the age [where] you want them to push on. You can see that the other players see that when he plays he can score a goal for them. He will be fed by the confidence of them, so that is good.”

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