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Arsene Wenger on the win, confirms Chuba Akpom will not be loaned out


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was satisfied with his side's performance against a Singapore Select XI in the Barclays Asia Trophy on Wednesday.

The Gunners enjoyed an easy 4-0 win and will face Everton in Saturday's final at the Singapore National Stadium.

The Frenchman was visibly delighted with the performance of young Chuba Akpom as he confirmed that the youngster will not be loaned out this season.

"Overall it was a positive game because we had a good resistance in the first game," Wenger said in his post-match press conference.

"We were tested against a very resilient, very dynamic, very mobile and a team with a good collective attitude. We were tested and we had to play with pace.

"Overall I liked the fact that we kept a good team focus and as well that individually, every player had to dig deep. We suffered a little bit to get a good workout.

"How much [will Chuba Akpom play]? I don't know but I just believe that it's an encouragement to do well and to work even harder.

"He's a young player and it can lift his confidence. The confidence in the dressing room that you sense from the other players is important as well and that can help him.

"Let's not forget it's a friendly. He's a good talent but he has to work and show that in [the big] games.

"[He will not be loaned out this season]. I sent him out on loan last year because I thought he needed that. This pre-season, during the season I plan to keep him with us."

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