Benik Afobe looks set to follow in the footsteps of Jack Wilshere and Ryo Miyaichi by sealing a loan move to Bolton Wanderers.
The England under-19 striker admitted while on the club’s Asia tour that he’d be happy to further his football education elsewhere recognising that his chance of first team football at the Emirates will be limited this term.
Having already undertaken stints with Huddersfield and Reading, the Bolton Evening News reports that the teenager will now work with Owen Coyle, whose relationship with Arsene Wenger appears to have given him the upper hand over other suitors, despite his side’s relegation to the Championship.
It has not been confirmed whether Afobe will sign a year-long deal or a contract which allows him to be recalled in January.
A report in the Mirror earlier in the week also hinted that Ryo Miyaichi could return to the Reebok Stadium, however, having held his own in the Premier League last season it would be strange to see him drop a division. Wigan have also been mooted as a possible destination.
In other news Arsenal confirmed yesterday that versatile Youth Academy graduate Nico Yennaris has signed a new deal at the club. The Greek Cypriot-Chinese dynamo (we speculate that there’s not too many of them about!) impressed in first team cameo performances in the Carling Cup and will no doubt be over the moon having grown up as a Gooner.