Millwall and Palace Keen on Afobe Loan

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Arsenal have received requests from Crystal Palace and Millwall to take striker Benik Afobe on loan.

Afobe, 18, spent pre-season with the first team, making appearances on the tour of Asia and the Emirates Cup, and will certainly be in Arsene Wenger’s thoughts for the forthcoming Carling Cup tie against Shrewsbury on 20th September.

But a spell on loan at a Championship club could prove more beneficial for the young striker.

Last season, Afobe spent a successful spell on loan at Huddersfield in League One, scoring eight goals.

Afobe is part of a crop of young players that have been integrated into Arsenal’s first team squad this term and is learning from the senior players: “I know Oxlade-Chamberlain because I’ve been playing against him since I was about nine years old so me and him have been good friends for quite a while,” he told Arsenal.com.

“I’ve played against Jenkinson quite a few times too, and Ryo has settled down well.

“They are all nice lads and I’m sure they will give their best for the Club and help us do well for the future.

“Gervinho is always there to give me advice and I have spoken to him a few times. Especially in Germany when I was out there with them [during pre-season] and he spoke to me about what I can do in and around the box. He’s a very nice guy and he has settled down well.”

With Arsenal signing Park Chu-Young, Afobe’s first team opportunities will be limited, so another spell on loan could be best for his development, but he is excited at the prospect of playing alongside the new signings in the future.

“It’s good that the boss has bought some more experienced players,” he said. “We know what they can do and the way they play is very good. I’ve been watching Arteta and Benayoun for five years, and it’s good that they have come from other English clubs because you know that they are proven in the Premier League.

“Now the boss has signed five new players in the last week or so the fans are going to be happy about that and I know the players can’t wait to get going and show Arsenal fans what they can do.”