One of the players who benefited from Arsene Wenger’s decision to name a much-changed line-up on Tuesday has expressed his delight after the League Cup fixture.
Chuba Akpom, who was sent out on loan to Hull City last season, opted to remain at Arsenal and fight for his place despite offers of another loan move.
And after being kept on the bench so far this season, the 20-year-old finally made his first start of the new campaign as Wenger’s side defeated Nottingham Forest 4-0.
According to Akpom, wearing the Gunners shirt was enough to be happy about on Tuesday.
“The feeling of just going out there with an Arsenal top on and just playing is the best feeling and that’s the feeling that I want to have, so I’ve just got to keep working hard in training and keep working hard to just get out there and get as many minutes as I can.” Akpom said
When asked whether he was satisfied with a role on the left flank instead of centre-forward to accommodate the inclusion of Lucas Perez, Akpom gave another humble response.
“I think right now I’d play anywhere, I’d play in goal just to get minutes, just to be involved in the team.” he added
“I didn’t mind playing on the wing today, I’ll play anywhere the boss wants me to play, but today it was still an attacking position and I just tried to be as much of a threat as I could.”