Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom says his hand is hurting from signing autographs
Arsenal’s Chuba Akpom has learned the true cost of being involved with the first-team: an aching hand from signing all the autographs.
The youngster has played a key role in the Gunners’ pre-season tour of Asia. And he says he’s discovered a lot about what being an Arsenal player involves.
He told the club’s official website: “It was a good experience. It’s new for me because I’d never been to Asia and I’m not really around the first team. I had never really travelled with them [before].
“I would like to do it more, so hopefully if I keep working hard and stay in the team [I can do it]. Now I know how they live, how they train and everything, and I’m kind of getting used to it. Hopefully I can stay here and keep coming on tours like this.
“My hand is hurting from signing so many autographs! You can see how famous the players are in Asia. We’ve been to a lot of signing sessions and a lot of events and I don’t really get to do that. It’s new for me but it’s a good experience.
“It motivates me. When you come out here and you see all of this, you want it yourself. You want people to be screaming your name and you want people to respect you. It makes me want to push more to get into the first team and get the same reputation that they have.”
The 17-year-old’s performances were among the highlights of the tour for many Gooners. He is now being tipped to play a role for the senior squad during the coming season.