Wenger struggles for answers after "very frustrating" Bournemouth loss

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Bournemouth came from behind to beat the Gunners 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium, courtesy of goals from Callum Wilson and Jordan Ibe after Hector Bellerin had put the visitors in front.

First Wilson converted Ryan Fraser's teasing cross to restore parity in the 70th minute before Ibe fired home a second having been teed up by the scorer of Bournemouth's first.

Alexis Sanchez was absent from the squad amid his seemingly impending move to Manchester United. We had to win the game.

Reflecting on how Bournemouth turned the game around, Howe said: "We are a fit team, the statistics show that, so energy wise I felt we were always going to get stronger as the game went on".

'It is a massive lift, ' Wilson added.

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

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It was a selection that displayed the alarming lack of quality available to Arsene Wenger - who was also missing Mesut Ozil through injury - meaning the Gunners' boss was forced to field an XI which from the outset looked as though it would struggle for goals - and indeed that was the case.

Bournemouth grew into the contest before the break and were aggrieved not to receive a penalty when Alex Iwobi appeared to handle Ibe's cross just moments before a desperate Calum Chambers block kept out Dan Gosling's goalbound effort.

But with a much-needed three points there for the taking, Arsenal capitulated against their spirited hosts.

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.

2-1 the final score, and the Cherries pick up a huge three points in the relegation battle - and collect a first win over Arsenal in the process.

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