AFC Bournemouth’s poor form to the start of the new season continued with a fourth successive league defeat, as a much improved Arsenal put three goals past the south coast team adding further pressure on Eddie Howe.
Bournemouth were looking to avenge not only their three previous losses of the season, but also to right the wrongs in conceding three late goals in their last match against the Gunners back in early January. Their hopes were dampened just six minutes in. Danny Welbeck’s mistimed header found the back of the net after a cross from new summer signing Sead Kolasinac.
Matters however worsened for Bournemouth. Headline signing Alexander Lacazette found the net with a clinical finish from outside the box, after Bournemouth’s defence failed to intercept the decisive pass.
Any response from Eddie Howe’s men after the half time break was quickly cancelled out. Welbeck added to his tally and consequently bought his seasons total to three goals, the same figure as the whole of last season.
A glimmer of hope was offered to Bournemouth when midfielder Coquelin was forced off injured. Arsenal played the final minutes of the game with only ten men, however this did not prove a problem. With Bournemouth only mustering one shot on target during the entire match goalkeeper Petr Cech was untroubled during this period.
After the match, Eddie Howe voiced his concerns regarding the lacklustre display. He stated that they are “lacking the performances” that they have previously shown in past seasons. This may cause great concern amongst the Bournemouth faithful.
Bournemouth sit just one place off the bottom of the table, with only goal difference aiding their cause. Their next game is against fellow south coast team Brighton and Hove Albion who won 3-1 against West Bromwhich Albion. Cherries fans will be hoping their form drops when they play Bournemouth next Friday evening at the Vitality.