Benik Afobe reveals what Jack Wilshere told him on departing Arsenal

Benik Afobe joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on a permanent deal this month.

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Benik Afobe has told The Sun that former Arsenal teammate Jack Wilshere encouraged him to drop down a level.

The 21-year-old opted to end his affiliation with the Gunners by signing a three-and-a-half-year deal with Championship outfit Wolves.

After his goalscoring exploits on loan at Mk Dons – 19 goals in 29 games in all competitions – many observers felt that he was ready to make the step up.

However, with such strong competition for the attacking positions in North London, it became increasingly obvious that his future lied away from the Emirates Stadium.

After much consideration, Afobe joined Championship side Wolves, and he has now revealed that former teammate and good friend Wilshere helped him make the decision.

“Everyone knows Jack is my best friend. He said he’s going to come to watch a game and his dad is coming to watch us play Charlton this weekend,” he was quoted as saying by The Sun.

“Jack told me ‘If you want to go and make a name for yourself, you’ve got to drop down one level to go two steps up’. That’s what I’m trying to do. I know I’ve made the right decision in coming here.”

Afobe made the perfect start to life at Molineux last weekend, firing in his side’s second goal in injury time to secure a comfortable 2-0 victory over strugglers Blackpool.

He will be hoping he can maintain his impressive goalscoring feat and help his new team win promotion via the playoffs come the end of the season.

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