Benik Afobe is open to the idea of another loan spell away from the Emirates but insists his long-term aim is to break into the Arsenal starting line-up.
The England under-19 international, who has been included in Arsene Wenger’s squad for the tour of Asia, is tipped for a bright future in N5 but readily accepts that his development will be best aided with regular first team football.
The teenager was impressive during a spell with Huddersfield in 2011, but was ruled out for seventh months with injury last term before ending the season helping Reading the Championship title.
“If the gaffer wants me to go out on loan for six months, or even the whole season, then I would relish that opportunity because playing for Reading last year was very beneficial for me,” Afobe told Sky Sports.
“However, my main aim has always been, and will always be, playing for Arsenal.
“It was a great experience for me to join a side pushing for promotion to the Premier League and all the boys and coaching staff there were really nice.
“They made it really easy for me to blend in and get back playing football again, so it was a great spell for me overall.”
Resoundingly praised by Robin van Persie for his attitude in training after returning from injury, Afobe admitted that it was tough spending so long on the sidelines.
“Being out for six to seven months is always going to be hard for any player, but especially for a player that is still trying to break through into the first team.
“The season finished really well for me though and hopefully this year will be an injury-free one for me.”
A season on-loan with a Premier League club could well be the ticket for Afobe. While a spell in League Two and stint in the Championship is all well and good, the striker needs to prove he can handle the pressure of life in the fast lane if he’s to persuade Arsene Wenger to take him seriously.