Without Sanchez, Arsenal loses 2-1 to Bournemouth

Wenger braced for Sanchez exit after star forward sits out Bournemouth loss

After Hector Bellerin fired through Asmir Begovic to open the scoring for Arsenal in the 52nd minute, Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe scored within five second-half minutes to turn the game on its head.

Last time the sides met at the Vitality Stadium, they had exchanged six goals in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Arsenal roaring back to claim a valuable point but this time the Cherries managed to score a quick-fire double to ease the pressure on beleaguered manager Eddie Howe.

Arsenal's chronic defensive weakness then cost the team again as goalkeeper Petr Cech misjudged a run off his line to let Wilson equalise, and Rob Holding misplayed an offside trap in the lead-up to Bournemouth's victor.

Fraser whipped a lovely ball into the area, and Wilson stole in ahead of two Arsenal defenders and Cech who came racing out of his goal as the Bournemouth striker poked the ball home.

"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?"


It's easy to see how frustrating it must be to hear these words if a member of the #WengerOut brigade, and it's becoming increasingly tricky to give the benefit of the doubt to Wenger.

'The team that fights against relegation will fight and you can not afford any concentration mistake'.

Ibe's goal was his first in the Premier League for Bournemouth.

On the other, he's not concerned enough for a side which has won two matches since December 2 and now sits five points back of the Top Four.

Arsenal changed to a back four moments before conceding the victor, and when asked whether that was a mistake on his part, Wenger answer: "Maybe a little bit but 1-1 was not good enough for us". I think if you look again at the second goal we made many mistakes and that is what we paid for'.

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