Benik Afobe has joined Championship high-flyers Reading on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old will team up with Brian McDermott’s side as they look to continue their push for promotion to the Premier League.

This will be Afobe’s first taste of Championship football and follows a successful loan stint at Huddersfield Town last season where he found the net eight times in 36 appearances across two spells, helping the Terriers to the League One play-off final.

A regular England youth international, Afobe has featured four times for the reserves this term, having recently returned from a lengthy injury lay-off. He also got his first taste of first-team action during pre-season, coming on as a late substitute against Cologne before making his home debut against New York Red Bulls in the Emirates Cup.

Afobe, who joined the Arsenal Academy aged just eight, signed professional terms with the Club in February 2010 and extended his contract in June 2011.

Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Benik the best of luck during his time with the Royals.

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