Arsenal officially is a team currently undergoing changes and this is evident to see in the way the team play; affecting the team’s performance and result, as such, stagnating the team’s progress in the League. Sanchez who is poised to leave the club in the winter transfer window has definitely had an effect on the team in general.
Arsene Wenger who served his last match ban away to the Cherries, was in the stands as his dear Arsenal faced Bournemouth in a disappointing encounter. The starting XI included Petr Cech, Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Hector Bellerin, Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka, Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck, Alexandre Lacazette all started this match, as the Cherries marked their 100th Premier League appearance.
Maitland-Niles came close to opening the scoring for the visitors in the first half but was denied a goal as his effort came off the crossbar. The chance came when Jack Wilshere, on loan at Bournemouth last season, linked with Alexandre Lacazette to find Ainsley Maitland-Niles, whose effort cannoned back off the bar.
Alex Iwobi was the next to test the resolve of Begovic’s post, forcing the experienced goalkeeper into making a good save to keep the score level at this stage. Iwobi can count himself lucky not to have been penalized by the referee for handball in the Arsenal penalty box. I guess we deserved the escape after having series of wrong penalty claims go against us.
Arsenal were close to breaking the deadlock with 10 minutes to go until half-time, when Danny Welbeck broke free on goal from a Lacazette pass to force Begovic into action, as he denied the England international from poking the ball into the net, before the danger was cleared.
The first goal of the game came in the 52nd courtesy of a scruffy Bellerin finish, with Iwobi providing a superb pass for the assist. Iwobi put Bellerin through one-on-one with Begovic, who got a hand to the strike but could not stop it.
Bournemouth’s Wilson would eventually get the equalizer for the home side, as Petr Cech’s indecisions cost us this goal. The goal came when Fraser hit an early cross to the opposition penalty box after having found space deserted by Mustafi, as Callum Wilson was in the right place to stab home the cross right before Cech.
Four minutes later, the expected happened as the Gunners went behind after Wilson and Jordon Ibe combined well to score his first goal for the club and Bournemouth’s second of the day. Wilson controlled the ball well for his counterpart Ibe, who shot the ball straight at goal hitting his leg of Petr Cech.
A bad day of football for the Gunners, as the Gunners have self-built a mountain to make top four, with all the teams blazing and empowering their respective squad. The Gunners need major restructuring and I certainly hope the Gunners address this issue in this transfer window.