Chuba Akpom will spend the rest of the season on loan with Brighton as they look to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League.
After impressing in pre-season, Arsene Wenger opted to keep the England under-21 international at the Emirates as back-up while Lucas Perez settled into his new surroundings and Olivier Giroud worked his way back to fitness.
Speaking about the deal, Brighton boss Chris Hughton said: “He is a young talent who gained valuable experience with Hull in the Championship last season, will give us really good pace in the forward areas and complement the other strikers at the club.
“We fought off competition from other clubs to sign Chuba, and we would like to thank Arsenal for the opportunity of working with him for the rest of the season.”
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The young striker subsequently started and played well in the 4-0 EFL Cup win over Nottingham Forest but then picked up a back injury that kept him sidelined until an appearance for Steve Gatting’s under-23s last week.
Akpom spent last season on loan at Hull City so he’s well aware of what is expected of him in the Championship. Brighton are currently top of the table, two points ahead of Newcastle United. Aston Villa were also reportedly keen on his signature.
Arseblog News wishes him the best of luck.