Iwobi assists Bellerin in Arsenal defeat at Bournemouth


Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi was one of the few encouraging references for Arsenal in their crushing 1-2 loss away to Bournemouth in the English Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The gunners were without two of their best players in Chilean international Alexis Sanchez who was dropped from the squad as he moves closer to an exit from Arsenal.

German playmaker Mezut Ozil was unavailable due to injury, but Bournemouth were worth their impressive win over Arsenal after coming back from a second half goal by Bellerin and defeat Arsenal for the first time in the English top flight.

An uneventful first half was quickly erased with a wonderful vision by Alex Iwobi who split the Bournemouth defence with an incisive pass to pick up the run of right full back Hector Bellerin who calmly handed Arsenal the lead in the 52nd minute.

English born Nigerian international Jordan Ibe was a menace for the Arsenal defence as his power to hold up play and speed to beat his markers was in full display at the Vitality Stadium.

Callum Wilson equalized for Bournemouth after a sustained period of pressure before Jordan Ibe who still retains hopes of playing for Nigeria scored the match winner four minutes later.

Lively Iwobi was replaced in the 76th minutes by Theo Walcott while match winner Ibe was subbed off in the 86th minute by Marc Pugh.

Arsenal are 8 points adrift of top four position and in danger of missing out on the UEFA Champions League for the second consecutive season, as they currently occupy 6th position on the premier League table.

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