With the recent signing of Yaya Sanogo, the emergence of Chuba Akpom and Arsenal's bids for other strikers such as Luis Suarez, Benik Afobe's days at the Emirates Stadium look numbered.
Once linked with FC Barcelona before signing his first professional contract in 2010, the pacy and powerful striker has struggled with injuries in recent years, suffering his latest in March whilst on loan at Millwall, ruling him out until the autumn.
This knee injury has ruled him out of Arsenal's pre-season preparation, including the Asia tour, and the Emirates Cup, a competition in which he made his first-team debut, and if he had been able to make a big impression in these games, it would surely have helped him argue his case.
He has made 57 senior appearances so far, scoring 11 goals during spells at Huddersfield Town, Reading, Bolton Wanderers and Millwall, and has also gained two caps at England U21 level, scoring once.
At youth levels, his scoring record has been excellent, having so far scored 23 goals in 38 games for England youth teams, and even managing to score 40 goals in one season for the Arsenal U16s.
Despite being just 20 years old, unfortunately for Afobe, it looks like his Arsenal chance may be over, with Sanogo being a very similar type of player, just 16 days older - and Arsenal's pursuit of another striker may just be the final nail in the coffin.
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