Afobe set for Wenger talks this summer


Benik Afobe says he’ll discuss his Arsenal future with Arsene Wenger at the end of the season but for the moment is focused on completing a successful loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday.

The England under-21 international moved to Hilsborough at the end of January and has since scored twice in 12 games as he looks to get his career back on track after a serious knee injury sustained this time last year.

Confirming that he has one-year left on his contract at the Emirates, Afobe told Sheffield Wednesday’s official website how he’d been welcomed to the fold.

“It’s been very easy to settle in from day one. The boys have been good to me. The gaffer, the coaching staff and the fans have all taken to me so it has been pretty easy.
“My main aim when I got injured was to get fit and go out on loan in January or February, as I have done, and play as many games as I can.
“I’ll return to Arsenal in pre-season and sit down with the boss and see where I can go from there.
“I’ve got another year left at Arsenal but at the moment I’m just concentrating on the next seven games for Sheffield Wednesday.”

As things stand it looks unlikely that Afobe, who was once courted by Barcelona as a teenager, has much of a future at Arsenal.

He’s been incredibly unlucky in the last three years picking up two serious injuries. While Robin van Persie was quick to underline the youngster’s qualities after his comeback from a groin problem in 2012, his ACL setback last Match scuppered any chance to make a breakthrough despite our obvious paucity of options up front.

With Yaya Sanogo taken under Wenger’s wing, Chuba Akpom making headway at Academy level and Joel Campbell showing flashes of inspiration on loan at Olympiakos he’s a little down the pecking order and at 21 may look for first team football elsewhere.

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