Arsene Wenger says departed striker Benik Afobe 'deserves' his transfer to Wolves

The goal-getting striker joined Wolves for £2 million this week.

This week saw former Arsenal striker Benik Afobe officially complete his move to Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers for a fee which the Express and Star claim was in the region of £2 million.

And it is a deal that Arsene Wenger is firmly behind, as he explained to the official Arsenal website yesterday:

The talented striker had his progress at Arsenal severely disrupted by a serious knee injury but this term he has been fantastic on loan at League One side MK Dons.

The striker has scored 19 goals for Milton Keynes in his 30 games for the club, including an excellent brace against Manchester United in the League Cup.

With his current form superb, first team opportunities extremely limited at Arsenal and his contract expiring in the summer selling the England under-21 striker seemed the only plausible course of action for Arsenal boss Wenger. But he left Afobe with this parting comment:

"Benik has made a name through his performances and he is now rewarded with a move to Wolves. I believe that it’s very interesting for him as well. He deserves it. We like him very much here and I’m happy that he got the chance."

Wolves fans will hope he can live up to the potential he has been showcasing at MK Dons this season.

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