Benik Afobe edges towards Arsenal reunion with yet another impressive display

Wolverhampton Wanderers moved up into the Championship play-off places with a 4-3 victory over Leeds United.

Former Arsenal youngster Benik Afobe struck his tenth goal in 16 Championship appearances as his new club, Wolverhampton Wanderers, defeated Leeds United 4-3 in a pulsating encounter at Molineux.

The 22-year-old came through the youth ranks with the Gunners but, after failing to break into the first-team, opted to join Wolves during the January transfer window.

Arsene Wenger’s side have an excess of attacking talent at the Emirates Stadium, therefore it was no shame on Afobe’s part to say he couldn’t quite cut the grade there.

However, owing to his goal scoring prowess in the Championship, it may not be long until he has a reunion with the North Londoners as Wolves push towards a second successive promotion.

Wolves have spent most of the season just outside the play-offs, yet thanks in part to a wonderful performance from Afobe, they have now finally broken in to the top six with just five games to go.

  GoalsShotsKey PassesAerial Duels WonTake-OnsTouchesBall RecoveriesMins Played
Benik Afobe 1 3 2 4 4 51 3 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the 22-year-old worked tirelessly against Leeds on Easter Monday and his partnership alongside Nouha Dicko is already among the Championship’s best.

Aside from his well-taken goal just after half-time, Afobe took three shots and created two chances via key passes – the first resulting in Dicko equalising for the hosts in the 19th minute.

Neil Redfearn’s improving Leeds side have been in great defensive form of late, but they simply couldn’t handle the pace and power of the Wolves attack and they were under heavy pressure throughout.

Afobe won four aerial challenges, completed four dribbles and pressured the Whites’ defence into making mistakes, illustrated by the England U21 international’s three ball recoveries.

He has been a revelation since joining the West Midlands outfit, and on current form he has every chance of returning to the Emirates Stadium next season donning the gold and black jersey.

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