Benik Afobe signs three-and-a-half-year deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Arsenal have allowed Benik Afobe to complete a permanent move to Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers, who have pulled off quite a transfer coup to land the promising forward on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Afobe was targeted by a string of Football League clubs after finally matching his potential to consistent performances with the MK Dons this season, scoring 19 goals in 30 games across all competitions.

The 21-year-old's fine form was enough to persuade Wolves he was worth snapping up in January for an undisclosed fee, ending an association with the Gunners that goes back nearly 15 years.

Promising career now back on track

Afobe was very much one of the leading lights at Arsenal's Hale End academy throughout his teenage years, viewed as a striker with the raw potential to make a serious impact on the first-team squad.

Injuries played a huge part in the England under-21 international falling short of that target, but thankfully a regular run of games which included a headline-grabbing brace against Manchester United has put his career firmly back on track.

Premier League ambition

After putting paper on a deal until the 2017-18 campaign Afobe was quick to make it clear that he has eyes on reaching the top flight with Wolves, which when you consider Kenny Jackett's side are just a point off the play-off places is definitely a realistic ambition.

In his first interview as a Wolves player the starlet said: "It feels fantastic. It’s been a long process with the medical, I’ve never had to do a medical before but that’s all done now, hopefully I can start training on Thursday and get ready for the game on Saturday.

“The facilities here are fantastic. You can see that it’s a club that deserves to be in the Premier League. It’s just about getting there and hopefully we can do that.

“I just want to say that I’m happy to become a Wolves player and I can’t wait to get going."

Wolves and Afobe look a perfect fit on paper, both possessing the potential to advanced and improve over the next few years. Arsenal's loss is very much Jackett's gain, with a close friend of Gunners star Jack Wilshere hoping to build on the momentum of the last six months by matching his recent goal glut at a higher level.

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