Arsenal should have kept Benik Afobe and given him chances

Former Arsenal striker Benik Afobe has scored as many goals this season as Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane.

In January Arsenal did a lot of business regarding their strikers, some leaving permanently and others on loan, but Benik Afobe’s move to Wolverhampton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee is looking more like a mistake with each passing week.

Not a mistake for the Championship side, who signed a prolific striker whose seven goals in 11 appearances prove just what a talent he is, but certainly for Arsenal, who waved him goodbye while only loaning out Yaya Sanogo.

The Gunners may have talent aplenty up front in the form of Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck, but at just 22, Afobe has years ahead of him – and seemingly plenty of goals ahead of him, too.

The Wolves striker’s goal against Watford this weekend took his tally for the season to 26, matching that of Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane.

While the Spurs player has scored his at a higher level a question has to be asked as to why Arsenal opted to sell a striker who seemingly scores for fun.

Such players are like gold dust and with neither Sanogo nor Joel Campbell setting the Emirates Stadium alight in recent times, surely Afobe deserved a chance before all three left, either temporarily or for good.

Afobe may be a year older than Kane, but had Arsenal shown the same faith in a young forward as Tottenham did with their now free-scoring front-man, who knows what may have happened.

After all, playing with creative talent such as Alexis, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil would have only brought out the best in Afobe. But while Arsene Wenger has shown faith in the likes of Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers, another youngster had to move on to get the chances his talent deserved.

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