That won’t be an easy task for the Gunners as the home side are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions, and they have a former Arsenal man to thank for helping them put together such a strong run of results.
Benik Afobe joined Arsenal when he was just eight-years-old, and despite rising through the ranks, he never quite made the grade at first-team level.
He was sent on loan six times by the Gunners, before eventually being sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2015. After an impressive spell in the Midlands, he moved to Bournemouth for £10million in the summer and he’s already impressing at his new club.
Speaking to the media about Afobe, as reported by the club’s official website, Wenger said he is happy that the striker is having success in the top flight and said the competition at Arsenal was the main reason why he allowed him to leave.
He was very young, he had big competition in front of him with Robin van Persie, and players like that, so I gave him authorisation to go somewhere and play, which he did.
You educate people to influence their lives and give them success, that is what we do. When they do not manage to play for us, if they do it somewhere else we are of course very happy for them. Benik has done extremely well, even beyond the expectations of many people and that’s great, that’s down to him and congratulations to him.
Wenger also discussed the best way to stop the 22-year-old from hurting his former club at the weekend.
That’s the same with Bournemouth. I’ve always said that they will avoid relegation since the start of the season when I saw them play. They have enough substance in their game to stay up.
I think the best way to stop [him] being dangerous is for us to have the ball and dominate the game and being aware that Benik is quick, strong and has good movement in the box. We are used to facing these kind of strikers in the Premier League because in every single club there are top-quality strikers.