By Giuseppe Muro
Benik Afobe is hungry for more first-team opportunities after making in-roads into Arsène Wenger’s squad this summer and impressing at the Emirates Cup.
The highly-rated forward has joined up with the senior squad in recent weeks and replaced Jack Wilshere after just seven minutes against New York Red Bulls on Sunday, fitting seamlessly into the side on the right flank.
Afobe spent last term on loan at Huddersfield Town but has set his sights on breaking through at Arsenal this season, though he knows it will be tough.
“My aim is to play for Arsenal’s first team,” he told Arsenal Player. “I’m not thinking too far beyond that but we will have to see what the boss thinks is best for me.
“When the pre-season games are finished we will talk about what is going to happen with me. I’m delighted with how the pre-season has gone so far.
“The more I train with them and the more time I spend with them, I get more comfortable with the team. I feel relaxed with all the lads.
“They are a young group so it is much easier for me and I can speak to quite a few of the lads in the team.”
The full interview with Benik is now available on Arsenal Player. He discusses: his senior debut, coming on after just seven minutes against Red Bulls, his pre-season and his targets for the new campaign.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 1 Aug 2011