Bournemouth register first-ever win over sorry Arsenal

Bournemouth register first-ever win over sorry Arsenal

It was Arsenal's youngest team in the Premier League for over five years, with contract rebels Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both missing from the squad.

"We were 1-0 up and suddenly we lost two goals and we don't know where they came from", Wenger said.

Hector Bellerin opened the scoring in the 52nd for Arsenal, which is in sixth place and has dropped five points off the Champions League qualification positions.

Callum Wilson equalized in the 70th minute for Bournemouth before setting up Jordon Ibe for the victor in the 74th minute, intensifying Arsenal's problems in what could be developing into another crisis under Arsene Wenger. We have gone 6 games without a win and we have to play Chelsea again on Wednesday! With Liverpool smashing the "invincible" Man City side, we are now a massive 8 points behind the 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams, and with Tottenham's 4-0 win yesterday the Spuds are now 5 points clear of us in 5th.

Reflecting on how Bournemouth turned the game around, Howe said: "We are a fit team, the statistics show that, so energy wise I felt we were always going to get stronger as the game went on".

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There were a couple of chances for either side in the opening exchanges, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles coming closest in the eighth minute - hitting the crossbar after a cross from Alexandre Lacazette fell to him.

The break came at the wrong time for the hosts who found themselves behind soon after when Bellerin - set free by a superb Iwobi ball - fired through Begovic's hand.

The Gunners defeat means they are still yet to win in 2018, and have only take maximum points from three out of 12 Premier League fixtures this season.

The Cherries had just 41% possession but still had more shots on target - and the only stat that really matters, of course, is that they scored two to Arsenal's one.

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