Afobe holds no grudges against Arsenal

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Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe insists he has "nothing to prove" when he comes up against former club Arsenal this weekend.

Afobe came through the ranks at Arsenal and he was a prolific goalscorer in the club's youth sides, but he was unable to establish himself in Arsene Wenger's first-team.

The 22-year-old spent several years out on loan in the Football League before being sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers last January.

Afobe scored 22 goals in 46 games for Wolves and his form at Molineux saw him win a move to Bournemouth last month in a club record £10 million deal.

The striker has made a flying start to his career at Bournemouth with three goals in his first four games to bolster Bournemouth's survival bid.

Afobe has told the Guardian that he holds no grudges for not getting a chance at Arsenal and that he will going out to help Bournemouth beat them on Sunday.

"On Sunday I've got a job to do for my club here and there will be no friends," Afobe said to the Guardian. "I don't hold any grudges. I've already scored three goals in my last three games so I've got nothing to prove to Arsenal.

"It was their decision to sell me and I've moved on. It's been years now. I've got great friends there, I've got nothing bad to say about them as a club. I would've liked to have got my chance but it didn't happen."

Afobe believes he could have scored goals for Arsenal if he had been given the opportunity and he has paid tribute to Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe for believing in him.

"I believe I would've scored goals for them, but I'm not there any more and I don't hold any grudges," added Afobe. "I'm here in the Premier League scoring winners at Selhurst Park, so I'm enjoying it and I want to keep improving,"

"This run is down to the boys giving me confidence before I even kicked a ball, self-belief and the manager believing in me. When you play for a manager who believes in you it gives you another 10-15 percent. The manager believes in me, the team believes in me. I'm just trying to improve. But when I came here I knew I was ready to make the step up."

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