Brentford's former loan striker Chuba Akpom writes diary for The Arsenal Magazine about his time at Brentford
Brentford fans can read the thoughts of former loan striker Chuba Akpom in The Arsenal Magazine.
The Bees signed the England Under-19 international striker on loan from Arsenal for a month earlier this year.
He played four games for The Bees in a month long spell that ended on February 9.
Chuba writes an exclusive diary for The Arsenal Magazine and kept it up through his loan spell at Griffin Park.
The latest issue of The Arsenal Magazine is out now, costing £3.50.
More information is available here.
Arsenal FC have allowed Brentford to reproduce excerpts from Chuba's diary below.
Friday, January 10
It was my first day on loan at Brentford today, but it didn’t really go as planned as I have a virus and couldn’t even complete my first training session.
I’ve got a tummy bug that has been going around so I’ve had to stay in bed all day.
It’s really bad timing and I’m gutted because we play Port Vale tomorrow and I have to miss it - but there’s nothing I can do as I feel completely finished!
Saturday, January 18 It was my first game for Brentford today, away at Walsall, and beforehand I had to do an initiation by sitting on a chair and singing to the rest of the team!
The boys were all getting in my head beforehand, telling me I better be good.
I sang Ne-Yo’s ‘So Sick’ and they gave me a 7/10 for my performance, but I think I deserved 9/10 really!
I was on the bench and when I started warming up on the touchline I could hear the fans singing ‘Chuba, Chuba-Chuba, Chuba Akpom!’ to the tune of ‘No Limit’, which was great.
The game itself was good, I came on as a sub in the 68th minute and thought I did pretty well.
It was a different style to what I’m used to, but that will only make me a better player in the future.
Friday, January 24
I had an interesting experience during our 2-1 win against Gillingham this evening.
I came on in the 73rd minute and soon afterwards, the ball was in the air and suddenly I felt a knock to my head and I went down to the floor.
The defender was straight over me, shouting ‘Get up you little kid! Get up!’.
I just thought to myself, ‘Welcome to League One!’.
It’s a physical division and a new challenge that’s for sure, and I’m relishing it.
I came close to scoring as well but the ball didn’t quite drop for me in the end.
We won the game anyway, so it didn’t matter and everyone was buzzing in the dressing room afterwards.
It was different to what I’ve been used to, getting the three points is huge at senior level.
To be top of the league is such a big thing, and it was really exciting to be part of it all.
Tuesday, January 28
We beat Bristol City 3-1 today, and we played really well.
I saw Jay Emmanuel-Thomas there, as he plays for Bristol City now.
He used to live really close to me, and obviously we were together at Arsenal too, so he’s a good friend of mine.
He was on the bench as he said the gaffer had decided to rest him, but we all knew about him as he’s one of the best players in League One.
We both came on in the second half and I thought I did pretty well again and it was a great win for us.
Saturday, February 1
It was my final game for Brentford today and we drew 1-1 at Shrewsbury.
I had a good chance after coming on near the end when I was slid in on goal but the defender made a last-ditch tackle to take it away from me, which was frustrating.
We played pretty well, and it was quite an even game so it was good that we didn’t lose.
That’s the thing about this Brentford team: if they can’t win, they don’t lose and hopefully that is the sign of champions.
Monday, February 10
I returned to Arsenal today, and although I was only at Brentford for a month it was a really positive experience.
I learnt a lot and I think I have grown as a player and as a person. I really enjoyed my time at Griffin Park.
There are a lot of really good people there and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for their results - hopefully they will be promoted because they really deserve it.