The 4 Talking Points From Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal

Alicia Farmer
January 14, 2018

Callum Wilson nicked in ahead of Petr Cech to score the equaliser in the 70th minute and four minutes later the stirker turned provider to set up Jordon Ibe for the victor.

There was a surprise omission from the the Gunners squad as Sanchez was left out amid reports of a move to Manchester United.

Arsene Wenger has criticised Arsenal after they threw away a lead to lose 2-1 to Bournemouth.

"He's been vague at the moment, his situation is not decided one way or the other so I left him at home", Wenger told Sky Sports on Sunday.

Asked if he expected Sanchez's future to be determined imminently, he said: "Yes. Don't read too much in it because even I don't know which way it will go".

Desperate for a win, the visitors started brightly on the south coast with youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles firing against the crossbar in the eighth minute.

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Mesut Ozil was also missing because of injury and Arsenal's lineup looked a shadow of the past teams under Wenger.

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.

Bournemouth were perhaps quite unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty before the break as Iwobi looked to have moved his arm towards the ball from a corner.

Four minutes later the home side went ahead as Wilson collected Lewis Cook's floated pass deep in the Arsenal area before laying off for Ibe to beat Cech with a low shot.

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.

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