Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe has claimed that he ‘has nothing to prove’ to his former employees Arsenal, when the two sides meet on Sunday afternoon.
The Cherries signed the 22-year-old forward for a club record fee of £10m during the January transfer window, with the player going on to score three goals, including a winner against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Tuesday evening.
Having been sold by Arsene Wenger to Wolves after a number of loan spells, rather than having a bitter attitude towards the Frenchman and his former side, the new Bournemouth man claimed, as reported by the Daily Star, that he has ‘a lot to thank Arsenal for’.
They’ve played a big part in the way I play football. Help me progress as a player and I’ve got a lot to thank them for and I respect them a lot.
But on Sunday I’ve got a job to do for my club here and there will be no friends.
Despite not being allowed a shot at competitive first-team football and being moved on to lower league football for the relatively small fee of £2m, Afobe believes he would have been able to score goals for the Gunners, who have recently struggled for them.
I believe I would have scored goals there. That’s the story for another day.
I don’t hold any grudges and say this could’ve happened or that could have happened.
I’m in the Premier League now scoring goals so at the end of the day I’m happy. As long as Bournemouth are happy with me I’m double happy.
I’ve already scored three goals in my last three games so I’ve got nothing to prove to Arsenal. It was their decision to sell me and I’ve moved on.
I’ve got great friends there, I’ve got nothing bad to say about Arsenal. I would’ve liked to have got my chance but it didn’t happen.