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Arsene Wenger has backed former Arsenal prodigy Benik Afobe to succeed at Bournemouth after making the switch from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 22-year-old came through the Arsenal youth system, but never made a senior appearances and, after five years of loan moves across England, made the switch to Wolves in 2015.

Having scored 22 goals in 46 Championship appearances, Afobe is back in the Premier League with the Cherries, and Wenger is hoping his former charge succeeds at Dean Court.

"He has the qualities to integrate into a team like Bournemouth, whose game is based on movement, pace and quick football," Wenger said.

"I must say I am very happy for Benik because he had an outstanding attitude here and I am very pleased he has done well. 

"It is a good opportunity for him and I hope he will be successful there. Sometimes you have to let people go who are not completely ready for us, knowing that they could be successful. 

"When they are like Benik, I am very happy because we have contributed to his success and I hope he will have a long and good career."