Afobe open to loan move
Teenage striker's priority remains to break into Arsenal's first team
By Chris Galea. Last Updated: July 23, 2012 2:51pm
Benik Afobe: Arsenal striker would be open to a loan move to gain more first-team experience
Arsenal striker Benik Afobe is willing to leave the club on loan again if Arsene Wenger wants him to gain further first-team experience.
The highly-rated teenager impressed whilst helping Reading to seal promotion to the Premier League last season, making three appearances for the Royals during his one-month stint.
The 19-year-old has just returned from the Under 19 European Championship where he netted twice as England fell at the semi-final stage to Greece.
However, the pacey forward, who has been included on Arsenal's pre-season trip to Asia, says that he will always be focused on making his first-team debut for the Gunners.
"If the gaffer wants me to go out on loan for six months, or even the whole season, then I would relish that opportunity because playing for Reading last year was very beneficial for me," Afobe told Sky Sports.
"However, my main aim has always been, and will always be, playing for Arsenal.
"It was a great experience for me to join a side pushing for promotion to the Premier League and all the boys and coaching staff there were really nice.
"They made it really easy for me to blend in and get back playing football again, so it was a great spell for me overall."
Twelve months ago Afobe caught the eye during Arsenal's pre-season tour of Germany, but injury prevented him from making his Gunners debut and he hopes to make up for lost time this season.
He added: "Being out for six to seven months is always going to be hard for any player, but especially for a player that is still trying to break through into the first team.
"The season finished really well for me though and hopefully this year will be an injury-free one for me."