Arsenal line-up didn´t boost Bournemouth, insists Howe

Brendan Rodgers

"The two goals were of high quality so I am really pleased that gave us the boost towards the end of the game".

It was Arsenal's youngest team in the Premier League for over five years, with contract rebels Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both missing from the squad.

Despite the defeat, Arsenal remain sixth in the EPL table with 39 points from 23 games while Bournemouth moved up to 13th with 24 points from 23 games.

Hector Bellerin put the Gunners ahead shortly after half-time at the Vitality Stadium.

There were a couple of chances for either side in the opening exchanges, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles coming closest in the eighth minute - hitting the crossbar after a cross from Alexandre Lacazette fell to him.

"They've got outstanding players, and we knew the only way to win today was by playing well".

However, Bournemouth produced a dramatic turnaround; first equalising in the 70th minute through Callum Wilson, who beat Petr Cech to the ball and slammed it home after an inviting cross from Ryan Fraser. "It doesn't matter who played, we respect all their players".

The win provides the Cherries with some breathing room in an expansive relegation battle, with the three points moving them up to 13th, just four points above the drop zone.

It was the third time in four Premier League matches that Bournemouth recovered from a losing position to take something from the game, having fought from behind to earn draws with West Ham and Brighton and Hove Albion.

"Alexis would have played, but it's a hard period for him".

- Callum Wilson has scored three goals in three Premier League games against the Gunners, and also recorded his first ever top-flight assist when setting up Jordon Ibe for the winning goal.

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