By Joe Brewin
Benik Afobe admits it is unlikely that he will head out on loan in the immediate future.
The striker enjoyed a successful loan spell at Huddersfield Town in League One last season and has seen a number of the Club’s youngsters secure temporary deals away from Emirates Stadium in the opening weeks of the current campaign.
Afobe might have expected to join them but, for now, he is staying put.
"When I first came back from the summer holidays I was thinking that I would be maybe going out on loan but the boss [Arsène Wenger] and reserve team manager Neil Banfield have both told me they think it would be better for me to stay and keep improving aspects of my game," Afobe told Arsenal.com.
"Obviously we know that the boss likes playing youth players and he likes to give the youngsters a chance if you are good enough to play.
"But I know it is only the beginning and we know that when we get a chance we have to take it and keep working hard. It doesn't just end here - we need to keep on doing better.
The 18-year-old 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. Now Afobe wants more.
"That's what I have always been dreaming about, to play in the first team with the likes of [Robin] van Persie and the rest of the squad,” he said.
"Football is a funny old game, and hopefully I will get my chance this season."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 6 Sep 2011