Bournemouth striker optimistic ahead of clash against old side Arsenal

Bournemouth's Benik Afobe in action with Sunderland's Billy Jones

The Gunners host AFC Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Ex-Arsenal and current AFC Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe has said, to the Cherries’ official website, that he is keen to bring his side’s training mentality into the game at the Emirates on Sunday and insists the team are confident despite the difficulty of the fixture.

Afobe played for the Gunners’ youth academy through all age groups but never quite made the step into the senior side, instead finding himself farmed out on loan to sides such as Milton Keynes Dons and Bolton Wanderers. After a successful spell at the former, he made a permanent switch to Wolverhampton Wanderers before moving to the Premier League.

Bournemouth's Benik Afobe in actionBournemouth's Benik Afobe in action

And now, as he prepares to face his old stamping ground, Afobe is optimistic that Bournemouth can apply themselves to the Arsenal game as well as they do in training sessions under Eddie Howe.

Bournemouth manager Eddie HoweBournemouth manager Eddie Howe

The 23-year-old told the Bournemouth website: “In the last couple of weeks the training sessions have been really good. The gaffer is happy with how we’re training and the attitude we’ve shown towards [the game] and we just want to take it into games.

“It’s going to be a tough one for us on Sunday but we’re looking forward to it and we’re ready for the challenge.”

The Cherries will be hoping to continue their ascent up the table on Sunday after last weekend’s resolute 1-0 victory against Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium.

A result at the Emirates, however, would represent Bournemouth’s best result of the season in a year during which Eddie Howe and his side have gone from strength to strength.

Bournemouth's Harry Arter in action with Arsenal's Aaron RamseyBournemouth's Harry Arter in action with Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey

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