Afobe enters last chance saloon whilst several others could depart before deadline


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It was announced this morning that Arsenal striker Benik Afobe will spend the remainder of the campaign on loan at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

Having recovered sufficiently from the injury that saw him miss the first half of the season, the England U21 international is now embarking on his fifth loan spell, having previously spent time with Huddesfield Town, Reading, Bolton Wanderers and Millwall.

The youngster’s career thus far has been blighted by a succession of injuries, but his clinical nature in front of goal remains intact, as demonstrated by the fact that he found the net four times for Arsenal’s U21 side in his seven appearances at that level since returning from injury in November, including the dramatic winner against Chelsea in the U21 Premier League Cup on Monday night.

With his contract at Emirates Stadium set to expire five months from today, however, time is running out for Afobe to make the grade at Arsenal and the prospect of him departing the club without having made a single competitive appearance for the first-team now appears to be a genuine possibility.

The 20 year old joins fellow Arsenal loanee Damian Martinez at Hillsborough and could make his debut for his temporary club against Barnsley on Saturday.

Afobe’s departure comes at a time when Chuba Akpom is also out on loan, leaving Arsenal U21s without a recognised available striker. Zak Ansah is still working his way back to full fitness after injury, but Yaya Sanogo is back from his time on the sidelines and could feature at that level soon, whilst Alex Iwobi, who is usually deployed as a winger, has operated as a central striker in the past.

Further Arsenal youngsters could head out on loan before tomorrow night’s transfer deadline, with centre-back Daniel Boateng, who will be released in the summer, having been linked with a move to Scottish side Hibernian. Midfielders Thomas Eisfeld and Kristoffer Olsson would also benefit from spells elsewhere.

6 comments

  1. I don’t think this is last chance saloon for Benik at Arsenal. I think that has been and gone, and now he is just trying to impress enough to find a new club. Injuries ruined his chances at Arsenal a long time ago.
    Interesting to see what that means for the reserves, is Sanogo near to fitness, will Park play, or will as suggested someone be converted to a striking role?
    Hopefully Olsson, Eisfeld, Miyaichi, Frimpong and Boateng all go on loan tomorrow as well ( or in the case of a couple, full transfers).

    Good luck Benik. With Coke banned it is a good time to go to Wednesday, hopefully he can force his way into the starting XI.

  2. he was at bolton too was he not? scored a hattrick if i recall
    he was impressive at huddersfield, and was involved with the first team in the following preseason, before he got injured.

    you say this is his ‘last chance saloon’ like maybe arsene is considering keeping him on…that would be cool…i’d prefer having him as our 3rd/4th choice striker to having park anway…but i think this is a shop window loan to be honest.

    i hope he does well anyway…i think he can be a solid premier league striker,,,

  3. The standard has been raised high many youngster will leave in summer the likes of afobe aneke eisfeld ryo frimpong coquelin galindo silva boateng ansah fagan sieman uade dawkins

  4. Ansah, sanogo and Afobe are all very good prospects but all injury prone. I am not sure about Akpom at all. We will see after this season. Question is.. will the new scholars from U16 be able to step up? From what I have seen then seems good.

  5. Team tomorrow

    Macey; BOO, Ajayi, Pleggy, Moore; Hayden, Olsson; Toral, Zelalem, Eisfeld; Sanogo.

    Bench – Illiev, O’Connor, Maitland-Niles, Kamara, Iwobi.

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