Young forward Benik Afobe has spoken of his happiness at making his Emirates Stadium debut for the first team. He replaced Jack Wilshere early in yesterday’s game against New York Red Bulls and afterwards he spoke of his joy at running out in front of 60,000 at home.
“It’s always nice to make your debut for the team you supported since you were 6 years old. So it’s a great day for me and my family and hopefully I’ll get more chances from the boss.
“I wasn’t really prepared for it, to be honest, but when I came on all the nerves went and I tried to play how I do for the reserves”.
Afobe was taken to Germany as part of the first team squad and says that he’s beginning to settle in. “I think the more I train with the team and the more time I spend with them I feel more comfortable. I feel relaxed with all the lads, they’re obviously a young group which makes it easier for me. And I speak French which is a bit of an advantage!”
He had a successful loan spell at Huddersfield last season, scoring 8 goals, but so far no decision has been made about what the coming campaign might hold.
“We’re waiting for the pre-season games to finish then we’ll talk about what’s going to happen with me”, he said. “My aim is always to play for Arsenal’s first team, I’m not thinking too far beyond that, but we’ll have to wait and see what the boss thinks is best for me”.
See the full interview on Arsenal Player