On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth to fall further behind in the race for top-four spots. The big news prior to the game was Alexis Sanchez being omitted from the Gunners squad with speculation that he may be close to a move away from the north London club.
Bournemouth had the first attempt of the game on four minutes. Charlie Daniels cross from the left fell for Adam Smith of the edge of the area and the full-back pulled his effort just past Petr Cech’s left-hand post.
Arsenal came close to taking the lead on eight minutes, as full-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles, twisted and turned in the Bournemouth area and hit a shot against the bar. Soon afterwards, Alex Iwobi saw a shot from the edge of the area deal with easily by Asmir Begovic.
The game then became very scrappy. The next attempt on goal did arrive until the 32 minute when Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka failed to test Begovic with a fairly long-range effort.
Arsenal had another sight of goal 33 minutes. Alexandre Lacazette’s miss-hit pass bounced kindly for Welbeck, whose poked effort was kept out by the leg of the outrushing Begovic.
On 37 minutes, Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi headed well wide at the near post from a set-piece. Cech dealt easily with a tame effort from Smith on 39 minutes.
The home side appealed for a penalty kick when the ball appeared to hit winger Alex Iwobi on the hand in the penalty area.
The Cherries threatened again on 40 minutes. A scramble ended with the ball falling to Ryan Fraser in the area, whose low effort looked to be heading in, only for Calum Chambers to make a superb block. The Scottish winger also fired just over the bar a minute later, as the Cherries pressed for an opening goal.
The first real attempt on goal of the second half came six minutes in, as Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling fired well off target from outside the Arsenal penalty area.
Arsenal took the lead on 52 minutes. Iwobi played Bellerin in behind the Bournemouth defence. Begovic got a hand on the wing-backs effort, but the ball squirmed over his goalline. On 65 minutes, Cech produced comfortable saves from Fraser and Jordon Ibe in quick succession.
The Cherries equalised on 69 minutes. Fraser crossed the ball into the area and Calum Wilson nipped in ahead of the out-coming Cech on the penalty spot to poke the ball into the net.
At the other end of the pitch, Xhaka tried an effort from long-range that flew well wide of Begovic’s goal. The home side took the lead with 16 minutes left on the clock. Wilson got in behind the Arsenal defence and cushioned the ball to Jordon Ibe, whose low effort went in off the body of Petr Cech.
With nine minutes left on the clock, Wilshere fired well off target from just outside the area, as Arsenal looked for an equaliser. Ibe tried his luck from 20 yards out, but the winger’s effort went just wide of goal.
In the last minute Xhaka tried a long-range effort. However, the midfielder’s effort went well wide of goal. The effort was the last of the game, as the Gunners went down to a disappointing away defeat.
Did Arsenal deserve anything from the game in the south coast?