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Arsenal have reportedly agreed to the £2 million sale of Chuba Akpom with Belgian club Sint-Truiden. His departure perfectly illustrates the fragility of hope.

With every passing day, as Unai Emery works with his new Arsenal squad, he is getting a clearer and clearer picture of how he will attack the upcoming season. And as Emery’s plans are revealed to himself, we, as mere writers, fans and analysts, are fed the scraps of clues to try and piece together our expectations for what the Spaniard has in store for the first Arsene Wenger-less season at the Emirates for more than two decades.

The Gunners have already made five signings this season, which does give us a little bit of information to decipher the selection puzzle, but it is actually in the players that he sells that give us the plainest illustration. And it looks as though one of the most promising youngsters of the past decade is set to be offloaded as Emery chooses to move in a different direction.

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