Arsenal U21 manager, Steve Gatting has praised striker, Benik Afobe for his performance in his side’s 4-2 win over their Aston Villa counterparts in the U21 Premier League. It was the England U21 striker’s 1st competitive game since he sustained the injury while on loan at Millwall, which kept him out of action for eight months.
Afobe, who enjoyed loan spells at Huddersfield, Reading and Bolton before his injury had also been a victim of an injury set-back in 2011 and his manager was full of praise for the striker’s strength of character in his comeback game.
“Benik was excellent. It’s the first 90 minutes he’s played since his long-term injury, he’s trained really well and credit to the boy, he’s come through and played that sort of intensity for 90 minutes.”
It wasn’t the 20-year old’s 1st game since returning from injury as he had participated in games behind closed doors but it was pleasing to see him back in action, with the striker setting up Jon Toral for his 35th minute brace.
Afobe is expected to play more games in the Arsenal U21 side before he begins to train with the club’s 1st team But can be rest assured that Gunners’ boss, Arsène Wenger has plans for him. The 64-year old Frenchman recently expressed the club’s willingness to give youngsters in the club the opportunity to build a career at the Emirates and Afobe’s name was on the list.
The striker also expressed delight in returning back to competitive action via his twitter handle.
“Glad to play my first 90 minutes since February. Great result, happy with the team and my own performance,” tweeted Afobe.