Nigerian Arsenal player Chuba Akpom feared kidnapped, banned from driving

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Nigerian Arsenal fringe player Chuba Akpom was on Tuesday in the UK banned from being behind the wheel for seventeen months for drunk driving.

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The 22-year-old has made ten first-team appearances for Arsenal and had loan spells with Brentford; Coventry City; Nottingham Forest; Hull City and Brighton & Hove Albion.

He was sentenced by a Willesden Magistrates Court after admitting driving his £60k Range Rover and crashing it while boozed up on vodka cranberry juices on December 17 at 4.30am near his home in Barnet, North London.

Police had clocked him and walked through the debris littering the road to order him to make him take a breath test, which he failed.

Subsequently he was arrested and charge was brought against him.

But when his father saw the abandoned car of his footballer son believed to be on £780,000 a year he feared he had been kidnap. His concern was allayed at the time he was about calling the police and hospital as Akpom showed up in a taxi.

The court heard Akpom has been with Arsenal since he was seven years-old .

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