Wenger struggles for answers after "very frustrating" Bournemouth loss


Asked if Bournemouth took confidence from Arsenal's starting XI, Howe told a post-match news conference: "No, I don't think so".

The Gunners were already shorn of Mesut Ozil (knee), and Alexis Sanchez was omitted from the matchday squad as he reportedly nears an exit to either Manchester United or Manchester City.

"They were focused and the attitude is one thing, but at that level it is a combination of quality and attitude, and today I question more the quality of what we have created, than the attitude of the players".

But two second-half goals from from Callum Wilson and Nigerian-born Jordon Ibe secured a win for Bournemouth at the Vitality stadium.

The Gunners got off to a positive and hit the upright in the opening 10 minutes through Ainsley Maitland-Niles' powerful strike.

The Gunners then had to wait until the 35th minute to threaten again, Begovic using his feet to deny Danny Welbeck one-on-one.

"There's no players who can get in the hall of fame in this side".

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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.

Wenger introduced Theo Walcott, another player who has been linked with a move away from north London, in an attempt to salvage something from the game.

With 20 minutes remaining Bournemouth found a deserved equaliser.

The win provides the Cherries with some breathing room in an expansive relegation battle, with the three points moving them up to 13th, just four points above the drop zone.

- The Cherries have won their first ever game against Arsenal in all competitions (D1 L5).

- At average age of 25 years and 56 days old, Arsene Wenger named his youngest Arsenal starting line-up in the Premier League since November 2012 v Aston Villa (25y 11d).

The goal was Ibe's first for the club in 18 months.