Arsenal starlet Akpom joins Nottingham Forest on loan

The England Under-20s international striker links up with the Championship side until May 31 in an effort to gain more first-team experience under manager Dougie Freedman

Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom has joined Championship side Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old has made seven appearances for the Gunners this season, including three outings in the Premier League, and will stay with Forest until May 31.

He signed a new long-term contract with Arsene Wenger’s men in February but is now looking for more first-team experience before a big break into the north Londoners’ first XI.

Akpom is currently with England Under-20s, having represented every international age group up to that point.

The youngster spent brief spells with Brentford and Coventry City in 2014.