Date published: Sunday 14th January 2018 3:21
Jordon Ibe was Bournemouth’s matchwinner as they came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium.
Ibe’s first strike for the Cherries in 46 league appearances sunk the Gunners, who leaked two goals in five minutes in this turnaround defeat.
Callum Wilson’s third goal in four league games had Bournemouth level after Hector Bellerin handed the visitors a lead they could only squander.
The defeat, and its manner, proved another blow to Arsene Wenger, with the Arsenal boss now resigned to losing key attacker Sanchez in the January transfer window.
Chile striker Alexis Sanchez did not even travel to the south coast, with Wenger telling Sky Sports before kick-off “we left him at home because of the situation”.
Manchester United appear ready to pip neighbours Manchester City to the 29-year-old’s signature, with Arsenal already having confirmed he will not sign an extension to his Emirates Stadium contract that expires in the summer.
How Arsenal missed Sanchez’s incision as they missed out on what should have proved a regulation win. Now their prize asset’s Gunners career may well end on 60 goals and 25 assists in 122 Premier League appearances.
Jack Wilshere’s masterful performance against the side he represented with aplomb on loan last season all wound up for nought as Wilson and Ibe pinched the Cherries a priceless victory.
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