(Photos) Former Arsenal kid Chuba Akpom uses gun hashtag as he joins club whose owner hit headlines for pistol chaos last season

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Arsenal academy graduate Chuba Akpom has joined Greek Superleague side PAOK.

He has penned a three-year deal, according to Sky Sports.

Akpom’s move to PAOK seals the end of a 16-year spell with Arsenal. The striker joined the Gunners academy ranks at the age of six.

During his time at the Gunners Akpom made 12 appearances for the first team, although he spent time on loan at Brentford, Coventry City, Nottingham Forest, Hull City, Brighton and most recently Belgian First Division side Sint Truiden.

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22-year-old Akpom climbed through the ranks of the England youth teams having represented England at Under-16, Under-17, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 levels.

Akpom’s decision to choose the No. 47 squad number and use the #AK47 hashtag when announcing his move to PAOK on Instagram comes less than six months after the Greek club found themselves at the centre of a gun controversy.

In March, PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis interrupted a game against AEK Athens by marching onto the pitch while carrying a pistol, as reported by the Daily Mail.

His scary protest came after a goal was disallowed.

Akpom could prove to be a coup for PAOK, who finished 2nd in the Greek Superleague last season. Perhaps the acquisition of Akpom could help fire the team towards winning the title for the first time since 1985.

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