Posted on January 11, 2015 by ADMIN

CONFIRMED – Arsenal close to selling yet ANOTHER striker

Arsene Wenger has already sent Lukas Podolski on loan to Inter Milan and is in the process of finding another Premier League club to park Yaya Sanogo at for the rest of the season, but now we have the (very surprising) news that Arsenal have agreed to sell Benik Afobe to an un-named Championship club, believed to be Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 21 year-old Afobe has been on fire at League One’s MK Dons this season and has already bagged 19 goals, and I honestly thought that Wenger would be bringing him back to Arsenal next seasonto give him another chance to impress, but now it’s been confirmed by MK Dons manager Karl Robinson revealed that they will be losing their star man.

“Benik is officially speaking to another Championship club,” said Robinson in the Birmingham Mail. “We can’t say who that’s to but he’s having a medical somewhere and he is maybe moving onto other things.

“We wish him good luck.”

As usual there is no mention of how much Arsenal will gain from the transfer fee, but it must surely be a pretty penny after Afobe’s goalscoring feats this season. If he can carry on knocking in the goals in the Championship, Arsene may live to regret letting him leave cheaply. I would have thought it a much better investment to see if he could cut it with Arsenal in the next pre-season before making a decision on his future.

After Podolski’s outburst against Wenger, I doubt very much whether the German will be returning to the Emirates, and there are very few people (including Wenger) who believe Sanogo is good enough to return either, so we can now only hope that Wenger is having a clear out of his peripheral strikers to make room for one BIG-MONEY striker signing in the summer….

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24 thoughts on “CONFIRMED – Arsenal close to selling yet ANOTHER striker

  1. SaveArsenal

    Well everyone and his dog knows Wenger hasn’t a clue anymore.
    We were in defensive tatters and Coquelin was out on loan!?!
    Guy has been immense for us since he came back and we would be further down the table if it wasn’t for him.
    The big question is how did Wenger not see his worth when he is supposedly watching them every day on the training ground.
    More nails for the old man’s coffin and unfortunately Arsenal.

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    1. ebemka

      Though afobe is a good player… Buh FFS do u xpect us to keep every player that comes thru the ranks… We are all craving for world class talent, yet wen the manager tries to make space for new additions we all complain… We hav akpom, giroud, welbeck,campbell as strikers.. How do u xpect them to get a chance if u dnt get rid of sum other pple…
      Its sad buh afobe had to make way for others…
      Best of luck to him…
      #OnceAGooner #AlwaysAGooner #LukasPodolski

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      1. SaveArsenal

        Woh woh woh.
        Above put 2 past UTD when they played, none of our supposed wealth of strikers Coul do that a few weeks later.
        The kid has scored 19 Championship goals, he is obviously talented and should have been, loaned to a prem side next season for an additional years development.
        Campbell hasn’t impressed me, very raw poor passing, appears to gas in games.
        In the Greek league, which would probably equate to the Championship, he scored 9 goals last season.
        Given the choice I would have Afobe and his 19 goals any day.

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        1. Sacrificial_Pizza

          Slotted 2 past Manures reserve side. Stop acting like he put in some star performance against a full strength team. United played down to mk dons and got burnt for it. Afobe is probably not good enough to ever play for this team. No5 to say he isn’t any good but he is not better than even Akpom at his age

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          1. Sacrificial_Pizza

            But then you wanna point out 19 goals in League 1. Yet if his name wasn’t Afobe, and Wenger wanted to bring in some League 1 star you would cry that Wenger is cheap

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        2. atid

          He might have scored 19 goals in league 1, but ask yourself this why cant he even get a regular starting role for mk dons? Surely if he is not good enough for their first x1 he isn’t good enough for ours? Wenger will place a but back clause and a sell on fee so it will be a win win sale anyway.

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        3. Linsagunner

          Campbell is a good squad player at the moment. Afobe better than Akpom in my opinion

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    2. ethangooner

      He is scoring for fun in League 1. Get your fact right, this league is 2 level below EPL. He is a good player for Championship ( above League 1 ) but no where near EPL (above Championship) level.
      Scoring 2 goals versus MU is not enough enough to make one good player
      On one side fan want players who can win trophies, the other side want the club to burden with such below average players?
      Good luck for Afobe, hope he will go on and have a good career.

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  2. Greg

    Best of luck to afobe! I hope he excells at his new club and score many goals! Coyg!

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  3. DanielC1989

    Benik’s contact runs out in the summer so I doubt it’ll be for much. what I do hope is that we put a buy back clause in though.

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  4. davidnz

    Afobe(6m) Campbell(7m) Sanogo
    not good enough for Arsenal
    but best wishes to them all.
    Bring Jenks back send Bellerin out on loan
    Release / sell Podolski (10m), Mertesacker(10m)
    DRB, Flamini Ryo .
    33 mill toward 2 CB and DM.
    Good business.

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  5. frank

    The young kid goes out on loan to prove his worth, does everything anyone could ever ask and Wenger is going to sell him. I really don’t know what to say other than it will be disappointing if he doesn’t get a chance next year considering the amount of chances Sanogo has had.

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    1. jermaineBryan

      It would off been nice to send him on loan in the championship for the next 18months but his contract is up so it was either renew or sell.

      We should insert a 50% sell on fee because this lad could definetly play prem football

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  6. Hafiz Rahman

    Afobe, Campbell, Sanogo and Poldi thats 4 strikers out….

    we need 4 in or at least 3……

    Cavani, Benzema and Jovetic

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  7. ArseOverTit

    Said they were having a clear out to make way. Shame, good kid. Just more proof of the failed youth policy.

    Let’s hope we get someone smokin’ 😉

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    1. atid

      How has it failed? A player comes through an academy can’t make the arsenal team so signs for wolves, that’s not failing, that is success. Failure would be he ends up becoming unemployed.

      Anyway afobe would have to be named in the 25 man squad next season as will chamberlain and a few others. We already have 30+ players born 1993 or before so some have to move on its as simple as that.

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      1. ArseOverTit

        Let me be more specific.
        It failed Arsenal, not the kid. He is a footballer playing in either tier 1 or 2 so he is far from the failure.

        I’m talking about investing and raising players only for them to be sold to other clubs because they in the end are not deemed good enough (Afobe, Eastmound, Conor Henderson, Jernade Meade, Sanchez Watt, James Shea, Reice Charles-Cook, Sead Hajrovic, Philip Roberts, Nigel Neita, Samir Bihmoutine, josh Rees etc).

        Some obviously don’t develop as expected (why?) and are deemed surplus but it happens at an alarming rate.

        This was AWs plan to cultivate youth so he wouldn’t have to buy during the baron fiscal years but if you ask me it didn’t work so well.

        Yes we have Whack Wheelchair today but seems a small return for the investment.

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      2. jermaineBryan

        Ain’t chamberlain 20? What ever money we get from afobe should go towards strengthening the reserves Eg beilek transfer

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  8. fred cowardly

    The only way I will accept Wenger’s actions of selling him and loaning our strikers is if he is going to sign a top striker like Cavani or Benzema

    Otherwise, Wenger is a Looney

    Afobe was our future.

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  9. samuel@justarsenal.com

    I think the boss should please listen to the voice of the people ( the Gooners) which is the voice of God. Going by the voice of the Gooners, I am inclined to follow the bandwagon. And I say, boss, please give the 21 years old chance or another chance at Arsenal next season to prove his worth and fulfill his Arsenal dream to become an Arsenal great. Let the boss not unknowingly trow away a potentially very big fish in his quest to clear out some dead woods to make room for a big fish to come in. 19 goals in half the season? It is a testament that the guy is a natural goal scorer who Arsenal need. Let the boss please allow him to run down his loan spell at MK Don to see if he can gets his goal tally to 30 at the end of the season. Please boss keep Ajayi, Akpom and Afobe at Arsenal. They are part of the evidence of your success project of your youth academy policy.

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