‘I would have scored goals for Arsenal’, says Afobe

Date published: Thursday 4th February 2016 9:23

Benik Afobe: Hit the ground running at Bournemouth

Benik Afobe: Hit the ground running at Bournemouth

Benik Afobe says he would have scored goals with Arsenal had he be given the chance by Arsene Wenger.

Afobe, 22, who claims he has nothing to prove when his current side Bournemouth face the Gunners on Sunday, made the move away from north London in January 2015.

The Leyton-born frontman signed for Wolves for £2million and after scoring 23 goals in 48 games, Afobe got his move back to the Premier League – £10million to Bournemouth. And the former England youth international has made a big impact with the Cherries scoring three goals in his first four games.

“I don’t hold any grudges. I’ve already scored three goals in my last three games so I’ve got nothing to prove to Arsenal,” Afobe told the Guardian.

“It was their decision to sell me and I’ve moved on. It’s been years now. I’ve got great friends there, I’ve got nothing bad to say about them as a club. I would’ve liked to have got my chance but it didn’t happen

“That’s not how life works. Not everything can go your way. I believe I would’ve scored goals for them, but I’m not there anymore and I don’t hold any grudges.

“I’m here in the Premier League scoring winners at Selhurst Park, so I’m enjoying it and I want to keep improving.”

Afobe, who played on loan for six different club’s whilst trying to make the grade under Wenger, has also hailed the belief that Eddie Howe has instilled in him and Bournemouth squad.

“When you play for a manager who believes in you it gives you another 10-15%. The manager believes in me, the team believes in me. I’m just trying to improve. But when I came here I knew I was ready to make the step up.

“I’ve kept quiet, I haven’t said I’m going to score this or that amount of goals. I’m trying to do it quietly, I’m going to try to keep improving. If I keep doing what I do well, I’ll always give 100% for the team.

“But my goalscoring is instinctive. I’ve been shooting and scoring goals since I was six and playing for Arsenal, so I don’t think you turn overnight a great goalscorer. Some people have got it. Some people haven’t. I’m not saying I’ve got it – I’m only 22 so I’m not the finished article yet – but I know how to score goals.”

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