Wenger: Hull Loan Move Good For Akpom

Wenger: Hull Loan Move Good For Akpom

By James Agberebi:

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, believes that Chuba Akpom’s loan move to Championship side, Hull City, will aide his football development.

Akpom and Isaac Hayden both signed for Hull City on loan as they seek to gain further first-team experience this season.

“There is a moment in your career where you are not anymore for youth level and not ready for the Premier League,” the manager told Arsenal Player.

“I think in this period in English football, we lose players, because we have nothing really on the competition front to offer them. They’ve already played for two or three years in the under-21s and they don’t feel they move forward anymore if they don’t play in the first team.

“They are ready to play in a senior team and I believe that Championship level is a very good terminal stage of the education of a player.

“Unfortunately we cannot do it for everybody because not everybody can play in the Championship. I think it’s a great experience at the end of the education of a player, before he plays in the Premier League and for Arsenal.”

In the Barclays Asia Trophy, Akpom scored a hat-trick in Arsenal’s 4-0 win against Singapore XI.