Benik Afobe to join Bolton on loan

who, me?

According to a report from the Bolton News, young Arsenal striker Benik Afobe is on the verge of going to Bolton Wanderers on a loan deal of indeterminate length, in an effort to gain further match experience. Afobe has been loaned to Huddersfield and Reading in the past and has impressed at the reserve level, but with several strikers ahead of him on the depth chart, playing time here (even in Capital One Cup games) would be limited.

With players like Jack Wilshere and Ryo Miyaichi treading the same path to the Reebok Stadium successfully in the past, it's clear that Bolton and Owen Coyle are trusted by Arsene Wenger enough for Arsenal to keep foisting young players on them. So hopefully this loan will go as well as the others did.

Arsenal also had a similar offer from Millwall, but Afobe was allowed to decide between them and evidently preferred Bolton. He may make his debut as soon as Saturday, in the club's friendly with Portsmouth.

According to Lion of Vienna Suite, Afobe will likely compete with David Ngog, Marvin Sordell, and blog favorite Kavin Davies for playing time. This is really probably the deal that works out best for all sides involved - both clubs and the player - so it's good to see.

One would expect this is not the last loan deal that Arsenal will complete this month, as pre-season winds down and we get to the point where the club knows where players stand, so expect more movement on this front as we get closer to the transfer deadline.


Related: Nico Yennaris Signs New Contract | Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Short Fuse

You must be a member of The Short Fuse to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Short Fuse. You should read them.

Join The Short Fuse

You must be a member of The Short Fuse to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Short Fuse. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker