Bournemouth add to Arsenal woes with a surprise win

Leslie Hanson
January 14, 2018

Arsene Wenger dropped wantaway Alexis Sanchez and he was missed in the encounter as the away side lacked a cutting edge all through the game.

Bournemouth heaped more misery on Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday, as they recovered from a goal down to win 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium.

Callum Wilson restored parity for Bournemouth in the 70th minute, stabbing home a cross from the right flank before Ibe bagged the victor.

Hector Bellerin opened the scoring for the visitors in the 52nd minute, capitalizing on a brilliant slide-rule pass from Alex Iwobi. Get the app to get the game.

Arsenal came close after eight minutes as wing-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles struck the bar with a curling shot.

Mesut Ozil was also missing because of injury and Arsenal's lineup looked a shadow of the past teams under Wenger.

Bournemouth were perhaps quite unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty before the break as Iwobi looked to have moved his arm towards the ball from a corner.

In search of a late equaliser, Arsenal brought on Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey but they were unable to rescue another desperately disappointing afternoon.

Bournemouth Team to play Arsenal: Begovic, Francis, Steve Cook, Ake, Adam Smith, Lewis Cook, Gosling, Daniels, Ibe, Fraser, Callum Wilson.

Bournemouth make three changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Brighton last time out in the Premier League, with Pugh, Afobe and Arter dropping to the bench. Knocked out in the FA Cup third round, out of the top four in the league, and their best player in Sanchez leaving - Wenger has a massive job on his hand if he is to somehow rescue something from this season.

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