Benik Afobe
Benik Afobe has excelled during his time with MK Dons Getty

Arsenal loanee Benik Afobe wants to convince manager Arsene Wenger that he deserves a place in the first team next season during his spell at MK Dons.

After the signing of both Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez and with Yaya Sanogo and Olivier Giroud in the squad, Wenger decided to loan the 21-year-old forward to the League One club this summer in order to secure more playing time and complete his development.

Afobe has since excelled at his new club, scoring 15 goals in 20 appearances - including a sensational brace against Manchester United during Louis van Gaal's calamitous Capital One Cup 4-0 elimination earlier in the season.

"At the moment I'm enjoying my football but I want to go back to Arsenal in the summer with my head held high and happy with the season I had. I want to prove them right because I know they believe in me," he said to the Arsenal official website.

The starlet, who is yet to make his first-team debut at Arsenal, previously had loan spells at Huddersfield Town, Reading, Bolton Wanderers and Millwall but he is enjoying his time more than ever at MK.

"It's been really easy [to settle]. From day one the manager showed a lot of faith in me and I'm really happy with the way they've treated me. I'm really enjoying my time here.

"Sometimes when something clicks, it clicks. I've done nothing different to any of my other loans in terms of preparation and hard work - I've always done that. I just think it's about the timing and being in the right place at the right time.

"I didn't feel like I was involved as much as I should have been on previous loans, but here I feel like I'm a big part of MK Dons' season with the minutes I'm playing and the goals I'm scoring.

"You can train as much as you want, and you can work as hard as you want, but if you're not playing games you're not going to improve. Playing every week shows you're ready to be playing men's football.

By doing this the youngster hopes to return to the Emirates Stadium next summer and finally find the chance to make his dream debut with Wenger's side.