By Rob Kelly in Kuala Lumpur

Benik Afobe believes this could be his breakthrough season - and will use Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as his inspiration.

The 19-year-old striker missed the majority of last term through injury, but is back to full fitness and keen to make up for lost time.

The forward is one of only two recognised strikers on the Club’s 2012 Tour, presented by Emirates, and he is hopeful of catching Arsène Wenger’s eye.

“This is probably the biggest season in my career so far - I think it could be a breakthrough season,” Afobe told “But I am taking it one step at a time and my goal is just to do well out here in the Far East.

“I have always been determined to make it into the first team, it has been my dream since I was seven years old, so the closer I get, the hungrier I am. If I get a chance I hope I can take it.”

Afobe saw his friend Oxlade-Chamberlain take the Premier League by storm last year and is determined to make a similar impact this season.

“I used to play against Alex in youth team matches when we were younger,” he said. “He is such a nice lad and he works hard - it shows that us young English lads can make it here.

“I was delighted for him [being selected for Euro 2012]. He told me before the first game that he was starting, and all I said was 'Show them what you can do' and he did exactly that. Hopefully he will play more games for England in the future.

“He is an inspiration, even if he is the same age as me, so I am just going to try to follow in his footsteps.”

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24 Jul 2012