Wenger blasts Arsenal mistakes; Alexis Sanches update

Jose Verdugo
Enero 14, 2018

The Chilean, who could be set for an imminent move to Manchester United, was left out of Arsenal's trip to the south coast by Wenger and was sorely missed as the Gunners' imploded after Hector Bellerin opened the scoring in the first half.

Bournemouth had their second of the day soon afterwards when a long ball forward picked out Wilson in the Arsenal box.

Wenger said Sanchez was omitted because the Chile worldwide was "being vague" while Manchester City and Manchester United fight for his services.

Wenger admitted on Friday that Sanchez would not be signing a new deal, paving the way for him to leave the club in the current transfer window, adding that a bidding war could help Arsenal.

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Callum Wilson grabbed the Bournemouth equaliser before Jordan Ibe scored a timely first goal for the club as the Gunners' struggles on the road continued. "When you are 1-0 up normally you should create more to be risky and we paid for that". Overall we have to look at it in a very objective and harsh way we made mistakes we should not have made. Both of the hosts' goals came from some pretty suspect defending, with Rob Holding and Granit Xhaka failing to keep Bournemouth at bay for the second.

Reflecting on how Bournemouth turned the game around, Howe said: "We are a fit team, the statistics show that, so energy wise I felt we were always going to get stronger as the game went on".

Despite dictating much of the early possession Arsenal clearly missed their more illustrious attacking talents with Alexandre Lacazette cutting a lonely figure without the cutting edge of Sanchez and the injured Mesut Ozil. "I don't think we didn't work hard, we have come out of the Chelsea game where we gave a lot, we worked hard". 'We need points against whoever we play and we know those three points take us a bit further away from the bottom three.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent.

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