Benik Afobe says his ambition in the wake of his loan move to Bolton is to do well week in, week out for the Trotters and return to Arsenal a better and more experienced player.
The young striker follows Jack Wilshere and Ryo Miyaichi to the Reebok and says once he heard Bolton were interested he had no doubts.
“The manager spoke to me at Arsenal and told me that Bolton was interested in me. Once he told me that, my mind was already made up,” he told Bolton’s offical website.
“Arsene Wenger said to me that he wanted me to go out on loan and learn, play week in and week out, and help a very good team win promotion back to the Premier League.
“The manager said to me that he likes to give young players a chance because they’re hungry and they have a point to prove. Those words have stuck in my head since and when I get my chance hopefully I can take full advantage of it.”
Afobe will wear 17 at his new club and wants to make the most of the chance of playing regular football.
“I want to play as much as much as I can, put in good performances and score goals, but it is important to remember that football is a team sport and not just about one player,” he said.
“I have come here to develop my game and gain more experience. In doing so, hopefully I will return to Arsenal a much better, more experienced player.”
Many young strikers have left Arsenal on loan, few have returned to make a first team impact, let’s hope Benik Afobe is the one to buck that trend.