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Chuba Akpom is determined to prove Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger right

By Staff Reporter

Chuba Akpom has hailed Arsene Wenger's decision to back his young players - and believes he can be the man to deliver the extra goals the Arsenal boss desires.

The Gunners have been linked with a host of big-name strikers from across Europe as many believe Wenger needs to bring in a top-class finisher to turn Arsenal into bonafide Premier League contenders.

Ahead of the weekend's Emirates Cup success, which included a 6-0 thrashing of Lyon and a 1-0 win over Wolfsburg, Wenger said he felt there were enough goals in his side and challenged the current crop to add 10 more to the 71 scored in the league last year.

The fact seven different players struck the goals to win Arsenal's annual friendly tournament is testament to Wenger's belief and England forward Theo Walcott is also close to signing a new deal.

Akpom, meanwhile, is ready to step up to the mark in the coming season - starting with Sunday's Community Shield clash with reigning champions Chelsea.

"It's really good preparation," the 19-year-old said of the Emirates Cup double-header.

"The experience for me and the other young players to get minutes and show people what we can do - we are all excited about the game at the weekend.

"It's nice to see the young players doing well and the boss says he will always give opportunities to young players who are doing their job.

"The main thing for me is for a manger to have confidence and faith in me so for the manager to say that he isn't after another striker is good.

"But the hard work doesn't stop there, it means you have to maintain a place."

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