Lagos - Arsenal FC of England youngsters Chuba Akpom and Semi Ajayi have expressed interest in being part of the Super Eagles international friendlies against Cote d’Ivoire and Mali in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in January.
The three –time African champions play Cup of Nations -bound Elephants on January 9 before facing Mali’s Les Aiglons, also heading to Equatorial Guinea, on January 13.
In December 2012 Akpom received his first call into the Arsenal senior squad, when he was an unused substitute for a 2–1 Champions League defeat to Olympiakos
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Akpom made his competitive debut in a 3–1 Premier League win over Sunderland on 14 September 2013. He came on in the third minute of injury time as a substitute for the injured Olivier Giroud. He was an unused substitute for the following game against Marseille in the Champions League.
In October, Semi Ajayi was named on the bench for Arsenal against Hull on Saturday, as Arsene Wenger struggled with defensive absentees.
The 19-year-old defender scored on his debut for the under-21s in a 3-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers, before putting in another accomplished display for Steve Gatting’s side in a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium earlier in September 2013.
Highly –rated duo Ajayi and Akpom could be called up by Coach Daniel Amokachi for the trip, alongside Steven Ukoh.
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