Afobe phone call seals Arsenal landmark summer transfer
By Alex Taylor
Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe believes a cinema phone call played a big part in Jack Wilshere joining from Arsenal on deadline day.
England midfielder Wilshere completed a season-long loan move to Eddie Howe’s team on Wednesday evening after slipping down the Gunners pecking order.
The 24-year-old rejected moves to Roma and Crystal Palace to link up with Bournemouth on the south coast.
“I was in the cinema watching Brotherhood and Jack told me to call him when I got out,” Afobe told The Sun.
“I rung him afterwards and he asked me what Bournemouth was like and said he was interested in coming on loan for the season.”
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“The influence of me telling him about the club, the manager and the boys played a big part, but in himself he was really interested.”
The signing of Granit Xhaka alongside the return of Santi Carzola, as well as the availability of Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny and the injured Aaron Ramsey, persuaded Arsene Wenger to sanction the landmark exit of club talisman and academy graduate Wilshere.
The midfielder, who has suffered badly from injury over the last five years, was a substitute in each of Arsenal’s opening three Premier League matches of the season and has played just 37 minutes in total.
The creative youngster is already looking forward to his first game for his new side – the Cherries take on AC Milan in Warren Cumming’s testimonial match on Saturday.
Wilshere has long been thought off as one of the most exciting young talents in the modern game, but after losing his place in the Arsenal first team he now faces a battle to revive his faltering career.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Trevor Sinclair has compared Wilshere to Wayne Rooney while discussing the 24-year-old’s potential loan move this summer.