The 21-year-old has represented England at U21 level but has trained with Nigeria’s squad at Barnet this week, with the African nation keen to secure the services of eligible players as they seek to improve their fortunes.
Ahead of the World Cup next summer and the 2019 African Cup of Nations, Nigeria are looking to get young English players born to Nigerian parents to commit to their international regime- and Akpom is close to a decision that would see him unite with team-mate Alex Iwobi.
Iwobi has established himself as a regular feature in Nigeria’s international set-up after committing himself to the African nation in 2015 and Akpom could now follow suit, with his chances of representing Nigeria looking significantly higher than a breakthrough into the England set-up.
Akpom’s choice could also affect his club career too as representing Nigeria would boost his reputation and perhaps earn him further first-team opportunities, although that’s likely to occur away from Arsenal.
The London born striker has made just four Premier League appearances during the past four years for the Gunners and his future chances don’t look great given the wealth of competition for places within Arsenal’s ranks, whilst Arsenal will also look to strengthen their attacking core this summer.
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