Benik Afobe’s Arsenal chances, particularly since the signing of Yaya Sanogo, have looked rather bleak for some time, but the 21 year old must be commended for his continued positive attitude and determination to succeed even in adversity.
Now in his sixth loan spell away from the club, Afobe’s Arsenal contract expires next June and it seems that, no matter how much he impresses at MK Dons, this is likely to be his final season as an Arsenal player.
The England U21 international is still seeking to prove his worth, however, and, despite showing some signs of rustiness, he has settled in very well at the League One club, scoring two goals so far, the most recent of which came against Chesterfield in midweek.
Afobe provided a reminder of his quality when he cut inside from the right flank and finished well, although he did spurn two further presentable opportunities.
Afobe will be hoping that he has done enough to establish himself in the starting line-up at MK Dons and he will be particularly looking to be involved when his temporary side take on Manchester United in the 2nd Round of the Capital One Cup next week in front of what is expected to be the club’s largest home crowd since its formation.
There was once a time, before injuries and indifferent loan spells played their part, when Afobe was considered a near certainty to make the breakthrough at Emirates Stadium. That chance now looks to have gone, but, on the evidence of his start to the season, the striker should still forge a respectable career for himself at a relatively high level.