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Chuba Akpom recalled by Arsenal

20 February 2014

On loan Coventry City striker temporarily recalled by parent club Arsenal so will miss Sky Blues' weekend trip to Tranmere

Loan striker Chuba Akpom has been recalled by parent club Arsenal for the Gunners' FA Youth Cup Fifth Round tie away at Charlton Athletic.

The 18-year-old is on a youth loan with the Sky Blues until the end of the season but an agreement as part of the move means Arsenal have recalled him for their Under 18s cup run which continues at The Valley on Friday, February 21st.

Akpom netted a hat-trick for the Gunners in their previous round 6-1 win over Peterborough United.

The striker will return to Coventry City on Thursday, February 27th following Friday's cup tie and Arsenal's home UEFA Youth League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday, February 25th, meaning his misses the Sky Blues weekend trip to Tranmere Rovers.

Development director Steve Waggott said: "As part of the contract to allow Chuba to join us, there was always an agreement that he could be recalled by Arsenal should they require him.

"He has been an integral part of their FA Youth Cup run and we understand Head of Youth Development Liam Brady's reasoning for wanting him back for their upcoming games.

"Chuba will, however, return to us after these fixtures and we look forward to having him back as he's made a great impression during his short stay so far."

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