Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom signs professional deal

Chuba Akpom: Has signed professional terms with Arsenal

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Highly-rated forward Chuba Akpom has put pen to paper on professional terms with Arsenal after turning 17.

Akpom is regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in the English game and is already a regular for Arsenal's Under 21s.

He scored his first goal for Terry Burton's side against Reading on Monday night, while he has also impressed in the NextGen Series this season.

Akpom has represented England at a number of youth levels and scored three goals in four games for the Under 17s at the 2011 Nordic Tournament.

He will now be looking forward to continuing his progression at Emirates Stadium and, in time, breaking into Arsene Wenger's senior side.

Burton has certainly been impressed by Akpom, saying previously: "It has always been the benchmark of this club - quality players moving through the ranks and getting into the first team. That is always the aim."