Chuba Akpom
Chuba Akpom (L) is close to signing a new improved deal with Arsenal that will see him remain with the club until the summer of 2019 Reuters

Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom has reportedly agreed a new contract with the Gunners and will sign an improved four-and-a-half year deal in the coming days to remain at the Emirates Stadium until the summer of 2019.

According to the BBC, the striker, who was set to become a free agent at the end of the current campaign, has agreed to stay following talks with manager Arsene Wenger.

Akpom has been impressive for Arsenal's youth teams in recent seasons and these performances have attracted the attention of clubs in England and Europe.

Earlier in the month, reports suggested that the striker was considering bids from clubs abroad and in the Premier League.

It was believed that Borussia Dortmund, Feyenoord and FC Twente had made pre-contract offers for the striker and the striker was considering them along with the north London club's new contract offer.

Apart from clubs abroad, Liverpool, Manchester City, Everton and arch rivals Tottenham were also said to be interested in singing the striker in the summer.

However, Wenger always wanted to keep hold of the striker and showed Akpom that he had a future at the club by giving him his chance in the first-team in recent games.

Also, with Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo loaned out for the rest of the season, the manager intends to use more of Akpom, as Arsenal only have Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud as the senior strikers in the team.

Meanwhile, an ESPN report revealed that Wenger was confident of holding on to the talented young striker, who joined Arsenal's academy in 2002 and after signing his professional contract in 2013, he has made seven first-team appearances, with four out of those coming in 2015.