Reports are out claiming that Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe is grateful to have worked with Robin van Persie at Arsenal.
The pair struck up a friendship at the Emirates, with the Dutchman offering Afobe advice during the formative days of his career.
“We were both injured at the same time,” said Afobe. “He is a great guy and I have a huge amount of respect for him.
“I remember him saying ‘live your life right and your time will come. Keep working hard, you’re a good player, you’re strong and quick and you can score goals. Just keep wanting to learn and improve and have confidence’.
“When you are 18 or 19 and you hear that from the best striker in the Premier League at the time, it is great.”