Quicker than Walcott, reminds Alexis of Thierry Henry – check out Arsenal’s new star

first_imgHe has laid down a marker ahead of the new Premier League season with a hat-trick in the Barclays Asia Trophy, so here is everything you need to know about Chuba Akpom.Playing predominantly as a central striker, 19-year-old Chuba Amechi Williams Akpom was born in Canning Town, London.He signed a new contract in February to keep him at the Emirates until 2019.Born to Nigerian parents, Akpom is eligible to play for either England or Nigeria.He has been at Arsenal since the age of six and has represented England at U16, U17, U19 and U20 level.He has spent time on loan at Brentford, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest but is yet to score a senior goal. He became a YouTube hit with this stunning backheel against Mexico for England U20s:Alexis Sanchez has given him the nickname “Titi” as he reminds him of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.In September 2014 he broke the club’s 10m sprint record with a time of 1.56 seconds, previously held by the likes of Henry and Theo Walcott. As well as being a talented footballer, Akpom is also an accomplished rapper. 1last_img read more