By Giuseppe Muro

Benik Afobe believes that a ‘golden generation’ of talent is breaking through at Arsenal.

The young striker has seen at close quarters the potential of the FA Youth Cup-winning side of 2009 and he expects that set of players to make their mark sooner rather than later.

Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Henri Lansbury, Craig Eastmond, Emmanuel Frimpong and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas are all in or on the fringes of Arsène Wenger’s squad and Afobe would not be surprised if homegrown talent formed the nucleus of the first team in seasons to come.

“I have always seen what they can do and they are different-class players,” said Afobe. “I think at least four of them could make it through to the first team if they keep working hard.

“I would say it's a bit of a special group at the moment because normally there are one or two players who make it at Arsenal.

“The Youth Cup-winning team are two years older than me but I have trained with them since I was about seven years old.”

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27 Jan 2011