Big mistake? Ian Wright slams Arsenal's treatment of Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe

Benik Afobe

Ian Wright claims Arsenal upset him over their treatment of Benik Afobe.

Former Arsenal striker and current pundit Ian Wright has told The Sun that he was upset with how the Gunners treated striker Benik Afobe.

Afobe, 22, joined Arsenal all the way back at the of just eight, and worked his away up through the ranks with the club as one of the Gunners' brightest young talents.

Whilst manager Arsene Wenger has had a long-running history of developing young players, Afobe spent time out on loan at Huddersfield Town, Reading, Bolton Wanderers, Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday and Milton Keynes Dons, before leaving permanently for Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2015.

Having smashed 23 goals in 48 games for Wolves, Afobe became one of the deadliest strikers outside the Premier League, and it was only a matter of time before he returned to the Premier League.

Almost two weeks ago, Afobe made his move to the top flight, joining Bournemouth in a deal worth £10m according to The Guardian - and he marked his home debut against Norwich City last weekend with the third goal in a 3-0 win.

Now, questions are being asked of Arsenal after they allowed Afobe to leave without even making one first team appearance for the club - and ex-Gunners goal machine Ian Wright has had his say.

Speaking to The Sun, Wright says that Arsenal's treatment of Afobe upset him, stating that Arsene Wenger may have made a mistake by giving Yana Sanogo first-team football over Afobe, despite his long-running association with the Gunners and development through the system.

"He was very promising at Arsenal, but he didn't really get too much of a chance," said Wright. "What I was really upset at Arsenal for is that, for them to give Yaya Sanogo a shout over Benik just proves where we are. He's a good player, and I'm hoping that he can go on and score goals in this league and go again, just to prove himself.

"He didn't really get the chances that Yaya Sanogo got. When we look at how Yaya Sanogo has played, when he was at Arsenal and when he's been away from Arsenal, how he got in front of Benik Afobe is beyond me," he added.

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