By Joe Brewin
Benik Afobe says that many of Arsenal's new boys can make a seamless transition into Arsène Wenger's first team this season.
The 18-year-old has had to shake a few more hands and make some new friends this summer - especially in the past week – as a long list of signings have reinforced the Arsenal squad.
Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun, Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos and Chu Young Park followed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, Gervinho and Joel Campbell to Emirates Stadium in the final days of the transfer window and Afobe believes that Wenger's transfer strategy will pay dividends.
"I think the boss has done a very good job with these signings – maybe even better than people expected," he told Arsenal.com.
“It’s good that the boss has bought some more experienced players. We know what they can do and the way they play is very good. I've been watching Arteta and Benayoun for five years, and it's good that they have come from other English clubs because you know that they are proven in the Premier League.
"We know they are going to fit in well - they are Arsenal kind of players and they are going to be great additions to the squad."
The summer transfer window also saw Wenger continue with his philosophy of developing the Club's future stars, and Afobe says the new boys have bedded in well.
"I know [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain because I've been playing against him since I was about nine years old so me and him have been good friends for quite a while. I've played against [Carl] Jenkinson quite a few times too, and Ryo has settled down well,” he said.
"They are all nice lads and I'm sure they will give their best for the Club and help us do well for the future.
"Gervinho is always there to give me advice and I have spoken to him a few times. Especially in Germany when I was out there with them and he spoke to me about what I can do in and around the box. He's a very nice guy and he has settled down well. "
Afobe also paid tribute to the Arsenal supporters who showed their support at the recent defeat at Old Trafford, and insists the team will be doing everything they can to beat Swansea on Saturday.
"It would be nice to get the first win under our belt, and it would be a great way to do it in front of our fans at home,” said Afobe.
"Arsenal’s fans are fantastic. They showed us their support at Old Trafford even when things weren't going well for us and I know that they are going to be right behind us.
"Now the boss has signed five new players in the last week or so the fans are going to be happy about that and I know the players can't wait to get going and show Arsenal fans what they can do."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 5 Sep 2011