Bournemouth come from behind to beat lacklustre Arsenal

Jan 15, 2018, 00:07
Bournemouth come from behind to beat lacklustre Arsenal

"It was a hard-fought win", Bournemouth boss Howe told Sky Sports.

The Cherries responded superbly thanks to goals from Callum Wilson and Jordan Ibe to ensure that they picked up a vital three points in front of their supporters to lift them a little way from danger.

"There's no players who can get in the hall of fame in this side".

The Gunners lack of confidence in attacking areas was evident throughout the game with Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi looking timid whenever they got in and around the penalty area.

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A competitive but less than thrilling first half saw both sides threaten without carving up many clear-cut chances - Ainsley Maitland-Niles coming closest to a breakthrough with a shot against the woodwork early on. After eight minutes he received the ball in the box - twisting and turning - then striking an effort against the cross bar.

Wenger started with a three man defense of Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Mustafi but they were hardly ever troubled by the Cherries.

Bournemouth restored parity on 70 minutes as Callum Wilson turned home Ryan Fraser's cross to draw the hosts level, 1-1.

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.

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Arsenal will now look to banish the disappointment of defeat at Bournemouth by beating Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium next weekend, a game which is followed by an EFL Cup semi-final second leg tie against Chelsea; the first leg ended 0-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Four minutes later the hosts found themselves in front.

They are also five points off the top four spots, a gap that could grow larger following Liverpool's meeting with Manchester City at Anfield this afternoon.

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