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B'Mouth 2-1 Arsenal: Jordon Ibe compounds Iwobi's EPL woes - FCNaija

EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 14/01/2018

Jordan Ibe's second-half winner for Bournemouth condemned Alex Iwobi to a third consecutive Premier League draw as an Arsenal side without Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil fell 2-1 to the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium.

Arsenal had some really bright moments but lacked much incision and were nearly made to pay in the closing minutes when Bournemouth really upped the intensity. Ainsley Maitland-Niles struck the crossbar after Alex Iwobi had tested Asmir Begovic with Jack Wilshere dictating the tempo.

Iwobi who bagged 76 minutes of action before making way for Theo Walcott was fortunate to get away with a handball in the box just before the break as the opening period ended all square.

After the break, a brilliant ball by Iwobi unlocked the Bournemouth defence as he tucked a pass just inside the fullback for Hector Bellerin to run on to. The Spaniard struck hard and Asmir Begovic took the sting out of it but could only watch as the ball dropped into the back of the net for the opener.

Wilson pulled the Cherries back on level as Ryan Fraser's fine delivery into the box was put beyond the onrushing Petr Cech by Callum Wilson.

Bournemouth scored a second within five minutes to take the lead. This time, Wilson was picked out by a great ball from midfield and he knocked it into the path of Jordon Ibe, who slammed home after striking it straight at Cech.

The massive win for Bournemouth - a first-ever Premier League win over Arsenal sees them leap up to 13th while Arsenal are now five points adrift Champions League spot behind North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Merseyside giants Liverpool in fifth and fourth spots respectively.

SETTING THE SCENE

Arsenal made just one change to the side that held Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in midweek in a Carabao Cup fixture. Petr Cech's return to the Gunners' line in place of David Ospina was the only difference at the Vitality stadium.

Iwobi kept his place up front, partnering Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck. Wilshere and Granit Xhaka were the central midfield pairing and were flanked by Maitland-Niles and Hector Bellerin.

The stats did not bode well for Arsenal without Sanchez ahead of this fixture. The Gunners had played three league games on the road in which the Chilean hadn't started, losing to Stoke and Watford and drawing with Chelsea.

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