By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Arsenal starlet Chuba Akpom has clearly impressed Alexis Sanchez in training since the Chilean touched down in North London, revealing that he’s been given a special nickname by the £35 million man in honour of Thierry Henry.
Akpom who has expressed his interest to play for Nigeria rather than England for whom he has played for as a youth international is a promising young striker still waiting for his chance to shine at the Emirates, making only his second appearance for the first team as a substitute in the League Cup clash with Southampton earlier this season.
Sanchez has seen the youngster at close quarters over the last five months and clearly thinks the 19-year-old has a very bright future, with his affectionate moniker made public knowledge by Akpom himself on Instagram earlier on New Year’s day.
Akpom trained with the first-team squad at London Colney on Wednesday ahead of today’s (Thursday) clash with Southampton and seems to have struck up something of an unlikely friendship with Sanchez, judging from his social media activity.
The England youth international posted a picture of the pair with the caption: “Training this morning with Lexis! he calls me ” Titi ” ( Thierry), funny guy lol.”
Arsenal would almost certainly be receptive to a loan offer for their academy standout when the transfer window opens from New Year’s day.
Akpom spent time with Bradford City and Coventry City last season without success, but has returned to Arsenal and scored goals for fun at under-21 level, nine in as many matches this term.
Akpom was named for the Arsenal side that faced Southampton on Thursday.