Bournemouth bounce back to stun Arsenal on south coast


Alexis Sanchez, heavily linked with an exit from the Emirates, was left out of Arsenal's squad with manager Arsene Wenger saying before the game that a decision on his future was "imminent".

Bournemouth picked up a hugely valuable three points to move them further away from the relegation zone as they beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium.

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Mesut Ozil was also missing for the Gunners after being ruled out with a swollen knee but Jack Wilshere started despite having limped out of the midweek League Cup draw at Chelsea with an ankle injury.

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.

The Gunners lack of confidence in attacking areas was evident throughout the game with Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi looking timid whenever they got in and around the penalty area.

The 25-year-old was key to Bournemouth's comeback, though, scoring the first after a magnificent cross from Fraser and then providing the assist for Ibe's victor. 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.

"He doesn't, he goes to sleep, it falls to Ibe and it's 2-1".

Bournemouth, meanwhile, climb to 13th but remain just four points above the bottom three.

Arsenal's title hopes had effectively been over in 2017 but their latest loss seems to have sounded the death knell for their top-four hopes as the sixth-placed Gunners trail fourth-ranked Liverpool by five points.