Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

The 4 Talking Points From Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal

The 4 Talking Points From Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal

Hector Bellerin gave Arsenal the lead in the second half, before a four minute double from the Cherries gave them the win.

With Mesut Ozil hesitant to sign a new contract and Sanchez on the verge of moving to arch-rivals Manchester United, the Gunners faithful best be braced for a tough January.

Arsenal have never lost to Bournemouth in their six meetings but know they'll have a challenge on their hands here, just like they experienced on the South Coast previous year where they fought from 3-0 down to draw 3-3; the only time they've battled back from that deficit in a Premier League match.

But while Wenger confirmed he expected the situation to be resolved soon, he said he did not know what the final outcome would be.

The chance came when Jack Wilshere, on loan at Bournemouth last season, linked with Alexandre Lacazette to find Ainsley Maitland-Niles, whose effort cannoned back off the bar.

But after Arsenal's opener Bournemouth mounted pressure and nearly restored parity through Ibe who fired a tame shot which was saved by Petr Cech.

There was a much clearer claim for a spot-kick moments later in the Arsenal area when Alex Iwobi handled Ibe's free-kick but referee Kevin Friend decided the contact was unintentional.

Arsenal broke the deadlock seven minutes after the restart.

Bournemouth restored parity on 70 minutes as Callum Wilson turned home Ryan Fraser's cross to draw the hosts level, 1-1. Iwobi slotted an excellent pass inside left-back Charlie Daniels, allowing Bellerin to advance on Begovic before beating the keeper with a powerful angled shot.

But the Cherries' response was fantastic, and two goals in four minutes from Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe put them 2-1 ahead and on course for a famous win.

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