Bournemouth 2 Arsenal 1
Wilson 70, Ibe 74, Bellerin 52

Arsenal suffered their fifth away loss to give Bournemouth their first ever win over the the Gunners. Jack Wilshere was on loan at the Vitality stadium last season and that spell helped resurrect his overall game. Wilshere has been in dominant form of late, but not even his ability was able to thwart the Cherries. However it started off so well for Arsene Wenger’s men when Hector Bellerin struck with enough power from Alex Iwobi’s pass to beat Asmir Begovic. Unable to add to their opener, the hosts gathered a head of steam to score twice in four second half minutes. Callum Wilson prodded in past Petr Cech and then set up Jordon Ibe for his first Bournemouth goal. The Gunners were now lacking creativity and any semblance of an attack. Danny Welbeck almost punished a defensive mix up, but Begovic saved. Earlier Ainley Maitland-Niles struck the bar, but Arsenal were unable to further trouble their hosts. Alexis Sanchez was left out, and was a massive miss. Wenger later denied that the Chile striker refused to play. A deal to facilitate his exit from Arsenal is imminent he confirmed and that spells for more desperate times ahead for the Gunners.

Wenger felt that his side were punished for mistakes that should’ve been prevented.

” I feel overall physically it was a tough game for us. We made it most difficult and after that we were 1-0 up. We made two very surprising mistakes that were not even forced errors, it was just a lack of decision-making and overall you come out of the game thinking: how did we lose the game?

” That was it basically, but by being very harsh I would say as well that we have not created enough with the possession we had. We looked a bit lacklustre in the final third, not sharp enough to create chances and that’s why as well when you are 1-0 up normally you should create more to be dangerous and we paid for that. It was a combination of the two which made us pay a heavy price.”

As good as Wilshere played, his midfield partner Granit Xhaka again saw his attention spell go AWOL when he failed to see Wilson’s movement for Bournemouth’s second goal assist. It was similar to his aberration at Watford. Surely Wenger has to solve this.
Prior to his rush out to Ryan Fraser’s cross, Cech was in line for his 200th Premier League clean sheet. Coming off his line was a poor decision which Bournemouth punished. Cech’s wait goes on.

Wenger continued, “Yes of course it’s frustrating. It’s very frustrating and very disappointing result for us, especially when you are 1-0 up and we made mistakes in areas where you wonder where they come from.” Look closer and Wenger will see the obvious.

Alexandre Lacazette had a rare full game, but was having to drop deeper and deeper to try to affect the game. In attack he saw no service and was unable to trouble Begovic. Wenger was asked over the confidence of his France striker, while highlighting how the Gunners rediscover their firepower.

“That’s inevitable, with what happens when you don’t score you look a little bit like that. I am not concerned about the spirit, I am concerned about the fact that when it matters we are not dangerous enough, we are not sound enough at the back. Where it matters is in your box and where it matters is in the final third, offensively we didn’t look dangerous enough today.”