AFC Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe is looking forward to coming up against his childhood team when the Cherries travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal.
Afobe joined the Cherries from Wolverhampton Wanderers for a then club record fee of around £9million in January 2016.
Prior to joining Wolves, Afobe had come through the youth system at Arsenal joining the academy at the age of 6.
Afobe scored 3 goals in his first 4 appearances for AFC Bournemouth, but hasn’t scored since the victory over Southampton in March.
Instead, Afobe has had to accept a bit part role, ending last season with 4 of his 7 appearances lasting no longer than 45 minutes.
So far this season he has made 8 Premier League appearances, but all as a substitute and he has featured for just 132 minutes in total.
Afobe told afcb.co.uk…
‘…We`re going to Arsenal looking for a result. There won`t be any nerves. We`re ready to put in a performance for our fans and this football club.
“We`ve worked on tactics and systems this week and the manager wants us to go out there and express ourselves. We want to move the ball quickly and press…’
“…A lot goes through your mind ahead of a game such as this. Personally, I obviously think about my childhood and growing up supporting Arsenal and playing for their youth team.
“But at the end of the day we all move on. I know I`ve got a job to do here at AFC Bournemouth and I`m loving my time here right now.”
Arters beard wrote…
Afobe is a classic confidence striker, desperately needs a goal and then I think he will push on again. I’m not giving up on him yet. – Join the conversation here.
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