Rising star: Benik Afobe ready to take next step

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Highly rated Arsenal striker Benik Afobe has set his sights on regular first team football, having made a good impression on Arsene Wenger during pre-season.

The 18-year-old forward, a product of the Gunners' academy spent last year on loan at Huddersfield Town, but is determined to make the breakthrough in north London in 2011-12.

"My aim is to play for Arsenal's first team," Afobe told Arsenal Player. "I'm not thinking too far beyond that but we will have to see what the boss thinks is best for me.

"When the pre-season games are finished we will talk about what is going to happen with me. I'm delighted with how the pre-season has gone so far."

Afobe has spent much of the build up to the new campaign training with the senior squad, and was handed an opportunity in Sunday's Emirates Cup encounter with New York Red Bulls - replacing Jack Wilshere after just seven minutes, slotting in comfortably on the right flank.

Like many youngsters on Arsenal's books, Afobe has talent and skill in abundance, meaning the potential is there for him to have a glittering Gunners career.


However, what sets apart the best from the rest is a genuine hunger and desire to succeed, in order to successfully make the step up from the academy into the senior team.

"The more I train with them and the more time I spend with them, I get more comfortable with the team," Afobe continued. "I feel relaxed with all the lads.

"They are a young group so it is much easier for me and I can speak to quite a few of the lads in the team."

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