Akpom joins Brighton
It has been confirmed that Brighton and Hove Albion have completed the signing of Chuba Akpom from Arsenal. The 21-year-old joins the Seagulls on a loan deal till the end of the season and he will be looking to boost the Championship leaders’ hopes of earning promotion into the Premier League.
Akpom has plenty of experience in the second tier of English football, having featured 41 times for Hull City last season and Brighton boss Chris Hughton was most certainly very delighted to capture the services of the promising Arsenal attacker amid fierce competition.
Hughton told the club’s official website, “As soon as we allowed Elvis Manu to go out on loan we knew we wanted to add to the forward area, so we are delighted to bring in someone of Chuba’s caliber.
“He is a young talent who gained valuable experience with Hull in the Championship last season, will give us really good pace in the forward areas and complement the other strikers at the club.”
Ismaël Bennacer completes a transfer to French side
The highly rated Ismaël Bennacer was signed by Arsenal from Arles at the start of last season and the youngster has already managed to make a first team appearance for the Gunners, featuring during the 3-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup during the previous campaign.
Due to the competition for places at Arsenal though, Bennacer has not been able to earn regular minutes on the pitch for the first team during the current term and now revelations can be made that the 19-year-old has been sent out on loan to French Ligue 2 outfit Tours on a temporary deal till the end of the season.
Debuchy could still leave Arsenal
Mathieu Debuchy is clearly out of favour at Arsenal and it was widely expected that the Frenchman would be leaving the Emirates Stadium during the current January transfer window, especially following a public fall out with manager Arsene Wenger.
With only one day remaining in the window, Debuchy has surprisingly not yet departed Arsenal but Wenger has insisted that there is still a possibility that the 31-year-old will leave North London on deadline day.
Wenger told Arsenal’s official website ahead of the Premier League clash with Watford, “It’s still possible, yes [the transfer]. He’s completely fit now and is back in full training.”