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Bournemouth come from behind to pile problems on Arsenal

Callumn Wilson scores

Arsenal's miserable recent run continued as goals from Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe saw Bournemouth come from behind to put a further dent in the Gunners' pursuit of a top-four place.

Arsene Wenger's men are now without a win in five games in all competitions, and five points adrift of fourth place in the Premier League, after Bournemouth extended their unbeaten run to four games to move further away from the bottom three.

Defender Hector Bellerin had given the visitors - playing without forward Alexis Sanchez - the lead when he latched on to a defence-splitting Alex Iwobi pass to squeeze the ball past Asmir Begovic.

But Wilson took advantage of Petr Cech's indecision as he got to Ryan Fraser's low cross before the Arsenal keeper and poked it past him.

The 25-year-old then turned provider, bringing down Lewis Cook's cross for Ibe to rifle home.

Eddie Howe's side savoured a first ever Premier League victory over Arsenal, at the seventh attempt, the victory moving them up to 13th place and four points away from danger.

But for Wenger, who was completing his three-game touchline ban for verbally abusing an official, it was further disappointment as speculation mounts that Sanchez's departure is imminent.

A strong first-half Gunners performance, in which 20-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles rattled the crossbar, was undone in less than five calamitous second-half minutes.

Wilshere runs midfield but Gunners attack blunted

Jack Wilshere

An Alexis Sanchez header triggered Arsenal's fightback in last season's 3-3 draw at the Vitality Stadium, but without him this time around they looked to a 26-year-old 'veteran' for inspiration.

Wenger named his youngest starting line-up in the Premier League since November 2012, and asked Jack Wilshere, one of his senior outfield players for the afternoon, to lead the fight at the club where he spent last season on loan.

For 45 minutes it looked like Wilshere would be the difference as he ran the midfield. In total he played more passes (74) and had more touches (98) than any other player on the pitch.

But for all his commanding presence, and the delicate probing of Iwobi on the right of midfield, it was in attack that Arsenal fell down, managing only three shots on target all game.

Alexandre Lacazette led the line, contributing to two good goalscoring opportunities when Maitland-Niles hit the bar and Begovic saved from Danny Welbeck, but the £46.5m striker did not manage a single shot himself.

Welbeck behind him could contribute only the effort that Begovic smothered.

Wenger, who is being linked with Bordeaux's Brazilian forward Malcom, will know he must replace Sanchez this month once his departure is confirmed.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 27Begovic
  • 2FrancisBooked at 31mins
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Aké
  • 15A Smith
  • 16L Cook
  • 4GoslingBooked at 21mins
  • 11DanielsSubstituted forMoussetat 63'minutes
  • 33IbeSubstituted forPughat 86'minutes
  • 24Fraser
  • 13WilsonSubstituted forAfobeat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Boruc
  • 6Surman
  • 7Pugh
  • 8Arter
  • 9Afobe
  • 31Mousset
  • 42Simpson

Arsenal

  • 33Cech
  • 21ChambersSubstituted forRamseyat 74'minutes
  • 20Mustafi
  • 16Holding
  • 24Bellerín
  • 10WilshereBooked at 71mins
  • 29XhakaBooked at 56mins
  • 30Maitland-Niles
  • 17IwobiSubstituted forWalcottat 76'minutes
  • 23Welbeck
  • 9Lacazette

Substitutes

  • 4Mertesacker
  • 8Ramsey
  • 13Ospina
  • 14Walcott
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 35El Neny
  • 62Nketiah
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
10,836

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Arsenal 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Arsenal 1.

Offside, Arsenal. Alexandre Lacazette tries a through ball, but Héctor Bellerín is caught offside.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Granit Xhaka.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Benik Afobe replaces Callum Wilson.

Attempt missed. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh replaces Jordon Ibe.

Offside, Arsenal. Alexandre Lacazette tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

Hand ball by Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

Attempt missed. Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Smith.

Offside, Arsenal. Shkodran Mustafi tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Granit Xhaka.

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

Lewis Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Theo Walcott replaces Alex Iwobi.

Attempt missed. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal).

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 2, Arsenal 1. Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey replaces Calum Chambers.

Attempt missed. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dan Gosling (Bournemouth).

Booking

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 1, Arsenal 1. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross.

Offside, Arsenal. Jack Wilshere tries a through ball, but Danny Welbeck is caught offside.

Foul by Granit Xhaka (Arsenal).

Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dan Gosling.

Attempt saved. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Lys Mousset replaces Charlie Daniels.

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Calum Chambers (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Granit Xhaka with a cross.

Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) because of an injury.

Booking

Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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