Reserve apps: 18 (3 goals)
Under-18 apps: 45 (34 goals)
Loan spells Huddersfield Town (2010-11), Reading (2012), Bolton (2012-13), Millwall (2013)
Prodigious striker Benik spent much of the 2011/12 campaign on the sidelines, but still managed to fit in a loan spell with Reading towards the back end of the campaign as the Royals secured the Championship title.
Having greatly impressed during his stint with Huddersfield Town the previous season, Benik linked up with the Arsenal first-team squad during pre-season and, following the briefest of cameos against Cologne, he was given a more sustained run-out in the Emirates Cup against New York Red Bulls.
He then returned to the second-string but was forced off early in the opening game of the season at that level against Manchester United and was not seen on the pitch again until February, when he came off the bench to find the net against Norwich City.
After impressing in two further second-string games he caught the eye of Reading, although his lack of full fitness following his lengthy injury problems meant that he only made three outings for the Royals, including a solitary start.
Nonetheless, he will have still benefitted from the experience and is likely to head out on loan again, possibly to another Championship club this season.
Previously, he burst on to the scene with his prolific scoring record for the club at under-16 level, before taking his talents to the under-18 stage where he was a prominent figure in the club’s retaining of the Premier Academy League title in 2009/10.
Quick and direct and possessing good link up play, Benik has also shone on the international stage and was part of the England squad at the 2012 U-19 European Championships.
Born: Feb 12th 1993
Signed scholarship: Summer 2009
Signed professional: February 2010