Arsene Wenger’s Gunners arrived on the south coast without Alexis Sanchez in the squad to fuel speculation that he will be on his way to pastures new in this transfer window.
However, they didn’t seem to be missing him when Hector Bellerin fired Arsenal in front seven minutes into the second half.
But the hosts reacted well to being behind and hit back to claim a vital three points courtesy of quick-fire goals from Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe, his first goal for the club.
The first-ever win against Arsenal moves Eddie Howe’s side up to 13th and four points clear of the relegation places, while the Gunners stay sixth and five points off the top-four spots.
Bournemouth had the first effort in anger on three minutes when Adam Smith dragged a left-foot effort just wide after being set up by Charlie Daniels’ cross to the edge of the area.
Arsenal almost took the lead in the eighth minute when Ainsley Maitland-Niles created an opening for himself down the left of the area and hit a rising right-foot effort which clipped off the top of the crossbar.
Two minutes later Alex Iwobi’s effort from just outside the area forced Asmir Begovic to dive to his left and parry the ball behind for a corner.
Arsenal continued to enjoy the majority of possession but didn’t threaten again until the 35th minute when Danny Welbeck got in behind Simon Francis but his shot on the stretch was well saved by Begovic.
Bournemouth engineered a good opportunity on 40 minutes when the ball fell…