Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has spoken about how Benik Afobe’s close relationship with Jack Wilshere played a part in the Arsenal midfielder’s move to the south coast on transfer deadline day.
Afobe and Wilshere are close friends, having grown up together in the Arsenal Academy, and although he considered other offers, the 24 year old plumped for the relatively smaller club in Bournemouth.
He was given a look around the club yesterday by Afobe and Bournemouth staff, and Howe told the Bournemouth echo of what an advantage that was.
He said, “It’s always useful for a player to know someone inside the camp and when you have a decision to make you can go to that person and ask honest questions and that player will give you honest feedback over the environment and how the club works.
“These are all the things the players want to know and they can find them out very quickly.
“It looks like Benik answered honestly and said good things because Jack decided to come.”
Wilshere had his first training session with his new club today.