Afobe loving Bolton loan
Benik Afobe is confident that joining Bolton on loan was the right thing to do after finding his route blocked at Arsenal.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 28/08/12 10:41am
Bolton Wanderers' summer loan capture Benik Afobe is confident that joining the Trotters was the right thing to do after finding his route to the first team at Arsenal blocked.
The highly-rated teenager found the likes of Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh ahead of him at the Emirates and opted to join Bolton on a season-long loan deal.
The 19-year-old has since impressed as a substitute in each of the Trotters' opening three league games and says he is keen to follow in the footsteps of team-mates Jack Wilshere and Ryo Miyaichi at the Reebok Stadium.
"I spoke to both Jack Wilshere and Ryo Miyaichi before I joined Bolton and they both told me how good a club it was and that the fans are great, so it made the decision very easy for me," Afobe told Sky Sports.
"My mind was made on coming here anyway, but hearing such good things from those guys, especially Jack as he is one of my closest friends in life, reassured me that I was making the right decision.
"Being out injured for over six months last season meant that I missed an awful lot of football, especially for a young player.
"I spoke to the boss at Arsenal and he told me that he couldn't guarantee that I would be playing regularly, which is fair enough because there are quality players ahead of me there and I fully understand that.
"We came to an arrangement for me to come out on loan to Bolton for me to play games and show what I can do, so hopefully I can stay injury-free, play 30-plus games and do well here."