Arsenal FC striker Benik Afobe has joined MK Dons on loan, while exciting young talent Daniel Crowley has signed his first professional contract with the club.
Benik Afobe joined Arsenal as an eight year old kid and has since then progressed through the ranks. The 21-year-old striker has had numerous loan spells since 2010 and last season he joined Sheffield Wednesday in January. Afobe, who suffered from a terrible knee injury in 2013 and underwent a surgery, has been slowly getting into shape, but he is long way off from finding his way into the Arsenal first team. The Englishman has now joined MK Dons on loan for the 2014-15 season and will hope make a huge impact in League one.
“Benik Afobe has joined League One side MK Dons on loan for the 2014/15 season.” – Arsenal confirmed on their website.
Meanwhile, Arsenal wonderkid Daniel Crowley has signed his first professional contract with the Gunners after turning 17. The English midfielder joined Arsenal from Aston Villa in 2013 and is highly rated among the coaching staffs at the Emirates. Crowley’s playing style has been likened to that of Jack Wilshere and even England manager Roy Hodgson is confident of him a key member of the national team set-up in future.
Crowley has already impressed for the England U-17 side and produced some brilliant performances, most notably against Peterborough United, in the FA youth Cup campaign.
“Midfielder Daniel Crowley has signed his first professional contract with Arsenal.
“Crowley, who turned 17 on Sunday, joined the Gunners from Aston Villa in the summer of 2013.
“The England youth international impressed in his first season with Arsenal. He played a key role in the early stages of the FA Youth Cup campaign, scoring two and setting up a further four in the Gunners’ 6-0 fourth round victory over Peterborough United.
“He also helped the under-19s to the Uefa Youth League quarter-finals last term, making three appearances in the competition.
“Everyone at Arsenal would like to congratulate Dan on his first professional contract and we look forward to his continued progression with the club.” – Read an official statement released by Arsenal.
Carl Jenkinson, who joined West Ham United on loan few days back, has picked up an injury during the Hammers’ friendly against Malaga. Initial reports suggest that Jenkinson could miss the start of the season and Sam Allardyce is hopeful that it isn’t too serious, as West Ham are also missing first-choice right back Guy Demel due to injury.
“Hopefully it is not too bad because we need players like that fit for the start of the season.
“It was a precaution to take him off and we have two more games before we start the season with a tough one against Tottenham.” – The West Ham manager said.