Aguero? Costa? MESSI? No.
Someone even better…
The England Under-21 International has continued to deliver the goods on his loan spell with MK Dons with a sumptuous hat-trick against Colcehester United at the weekend.
Afobe has taken his season’s tally to a stunning 18 goals in 23 appearances in all competitions this season, and is already looking the finished article for Arsene Wenger next season when he is set to return to the Emirates.
With the selection of senior Internationals like Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell coming off successful World Cup campaigns, it was always going to be difficult for the younger and unproven strikers to get a real sniff in the first team, prompting the necessity to send them out on loan. While other loaned-out lads like Carl Jenkinson and Kris Olsson have also been holding their own at their temporary teams, it’s been all about Afobe, fast becoming a player Wenger couldn’t afford not to have in his plans next season.
With the array of attacking talent in the team, Afobe is sure to have the backbone on which to exploit his strength and pace to the good of the team.
Danny Welbeck has quickly settled into the team, largely due to the ever available support from the likes of Ozil and Alexis, with Chamberlain sprinting the other way.
Afobe has the stature and confidence of a real target man. His hold up play is superb, while a great burst of pace will serve as a potential nightmare to even the most composed of defenders. His abilities are so remarkable that not only is he on the same level with one of England’s most potent strikers of all time at Under-16 level, having equaled his record of 4 goals, he has also drown comparison with the great Ian Wright, who is only second to Thierry Henry on the all-time Gunners chart. His work rate will complement the energies of Ramsey and Wilshere, as well as taking advantage of the growing British core which can only lead to better understanding within the team.
There’s been talks of the possible recruitment of the New Aguero, Paulo Dybala, in the January transfer season, but it must be put in the context of a concrete comparison with Afobe in terms of a clear-cut chasm in quality, as the Under-17 European Championship winner has shown over the course of the last quarter of the year that he is capable of proving himself at Arsenal.
The prospect of becoming re-united with his best friend Jack Wilshere – whom he has pledged to support through the current ankle injury that will keep him out till March – will only bode well for Afobe as their off-pitch connections will certainly be translated onto the pitch to very good results.
We’ll have another powerful and pacy striker to give competition to Giroud, and even Welbeck, ensuring we don’t have to be seduced into splashing a probably unreasonable sum in the pursuit of the likes of Saido Berahino, giving Afobe also has the Arsenal training to give him a cool head focused on football.
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