Bournemouth 1 Arsenal 2: Iwobi Helps Gunners Go 17 Games Unbeaten; Ibe, Oforborh Not In 18

Published: November 25, 2018
Bournemouth 1 Arsenal 2: Iwobi Helps Gunners Go 17 Games Unbeaten; Ibe, Oforborh Not In 18 Arsenal showed quality to defeat AFC Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The impressive result ensured that the Gunners stayed at fifth spot with 27 points.

Super Eagles star Alex Iwobi picked up a starters shirt in the English Premier League game. It was the 11th league appearance of the season for the 22-year-old.

While Iwobi lasted 82 minutes on the pitch, Bournemouth's Nigerian duo Jordon Ibe and Nnamdi Oforborh were not listed in the match day squad.

The Cherries had enjoyed a fine start to the campaign, but Eddie Howe's team found themselves in eighth place after Everton and Manchester United picked up points on Saturday.

The Gunners headed into this fixture having put together a 10-match unbeaten streak in the top flight and 16 in all competitions.

Arsenal got straight up the other end and hit the post Lucas Torreira got free around 30 yards out and lashed an effort against Asmir Begovic's right-hand post before the rebound was fired over.

Sead Kolasinac did well to win the ball back inside the Bournemouth penalty area and it eventually found it way to Iwobi. However, the winger was too eager to get his effort away and a low strike is easily saved by Begovic.

On the half hour, the Gunners went in front. Jefferson Lerma scored one of the greatest own goals that you will ever see. Kolasinac's cutback from the left was scuffed to a certain extent and Lerma was attempting to volley the ball behind for a corner. However, from 15 yards out, he lashed the ball powerfully past Begovic.

Bournemouth leveled up before halftime - with Callum Wilson bursting down the left before finding David Brooks in-field. The Welshman quickly picked out King who was standing to his right and the Norway international curled shot into the top corner of the net from 16 yards.

Arsenal retook the lead in the 67th minute and it was Pierre Emerick Aubameyang who got the second. Kolasinac was played in down the left and the Bosnian's low cross was diverted into the far corner by his teammate.

Bournemouth XI: Begovic; Francis, S.Cook, Ake, Daniels; Brooks, Gosling, Lerma, Fraser; King, Wilson

Arsenal XI: Leno, Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding; Bellerin, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Aubameyang

Abayomi Ademetan

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