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Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal: Cherries keep Gunners down

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Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe scored second half goals as Bournemouth came back to beat Arsenal 2-1 on Sunday at the Vitality Stadium, securing its first ever win over the Gunners.

Hector Bellerin scored Arsenal’s lone goal in a match played without injured Mesut Ozil and “vague” Alexis Sanchez.

It’s Arsenal’s first league loss since Dec. 2, but that eight-match stretch includes just two wins to go with Sunday’s loss and five draws.

The Gunners are now five points back of the Top Four before fourth-place Liverpool hosts Man City at 11 a.m. ET.

Bournemouth rises to 13 with 24 points, four points clear of the drop zone.

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An active first 20 minutes showed both Arsene Wenger and Eddie Howe remained aligned in spirit, pushing tempo (albeit at the expense of precision on this particular Sunday).

Perhaps the best chance of the half was blocked by Arsenal’s Callum Chambers, as in-form Ryan Fraser was alone at the back post following a seeing-eye cross from the right.

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Bellerin put Arsenal ahead in the 52nd minute, racing down the right and watching as Asmir Begovic could only get most of his hard shot.

Bournemouth, spurred by lively Ibe and Nathan Ake, produced some promising moves over the next quarter hour.

The Cherries went level in the 70th minute through Wilson, who beat a sliding Petr Cech to a Fraser cross.

Ibe then broke his Cherries duck, belting a low shot through traffic after Wilson’s trap spun onto his path.

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Arsenal’s Top Four fight heads south Sunday to battle a Bournemouth side just a point above the drop zone (Watch live at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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There’s neither Alexis Sanchez (unknown) nor Mesut Ozil (injury) in the squad for Arsenal, sure to fuel more speculation regarding Sanchez’s status with the club in January and beyond.

As for Bournemouth, in-form Ryan Fraser gets the call in a trident with Jordon Ibe and Callum Wilson.

LINEUPS

Bournemouth: Begovic, Daniels, S. Cook, Ake, Francis, A. Smith, L. Cook, Gosling, Ibe, Wilson, Fraser. Subs: Boruc, Simpson, Surman, Arter, Pugh, Mousset, Afobe.

Arsenal: Cech, Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Bellerin, Wilshere, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Welbeck, Lacazette. Subs: Ospina, Kolasinac, Mertesacker, Elneny, Ramsey, Walcott, Nketiah.

Brighton 2-2 Bournemouth: Back-and-forth pace in the New Year

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Well, that was a great way to kick off the new year’s Premier League play.

Brighton and Bournemouth settled for a 2-2 draw on Monday at the Amex Stadium, with Callum Wilson‘s second-half strike giving the Cherries a share of the points on the road.

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The Seagulls held a 2-1 lead heading into the finally quarter hour, after Glenn Murray‘s finish three minutes into the second stanza handed Brighton a slim edge.

However, Wilson ruined Brighton’s plans for the new year, when he scored in the 79th minute. 2-2.

Steve Cook scored against his former club in the 33rd minute to level the match for the Cherries after brilliantly heading home his opportunity into the far post from Jordon Ibe’s corner kick.

The hosts were off to a vibrant start inside the opening five minutes when Anthony Knockaert finished off a Jose Izquierdo cross at the far post to give the Seagulls a 1-0 lead.

Bournemouth had its first big chance denied in the 30th minute as Ibe found himself in on goal, but goalkeeper Matty Ryan was in the right place to make the stop.

Izquierdo nearly restored the Seagulls advantage with three minutes remaining in the first half, after Pascal Gross‘ through ball picked out the speedy attacking player inside the six-yard box.

The two clubs remain in the bottom half of the PL table, with Brighton sitting in 12th place, while Bournemouth is not far behind in 13th.

Bournemouth 2-1 Everton: Fraser wins it late on

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  • The six PL games between these two have produced 25 goals (4.16 per game)
  • The Cherries grabbed their first win in 9 PL games
  • Sam Allardyce tastes defeat for first time as Everton boss

Bournemouth beat Everton 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday as Ryan Fraser scored in each half to sink the Toffees.

The Scottish international scored a fine opener in the first half but Everton improved and Idrissa Gueye equalized early in the second half. However, the Cherries roared back and Fraser’s late winner was fortuitous but deserved.

With the win Bournemouth climb up to 13th place on 20 points, while Everton stay in ninth on 27 points.

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Callum Wilson raced free with the first big chance of the game for either side but the Englishman was denied by Jordan Pickford.

Aaron Lennon went down in the box but no penalty kick was given and Bournemouth looked more dangerous at the other end as Jordon Ibe was denied by Pickford.

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The Cherries went ahead after James McCarthy gave the ball away to Wilson who played in Josh King and his cross found Fraser and the Scotland international volleyed home impressively. 1-0.

Adam Smith almost put Bournemouth in trouble as his back pass was picked up by Dominic Calvert-Lewin but Asmir Begovic did enough and the chance came and went for Everton.

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Wayne Rooney came on at half time and Oumar Niasse after 54 minutes and Everton looked a different team.

Simon Francis played a poor pass out to Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s who played it into Niasse and his ball to Gueye was finished superbly. 1-1.

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Bournemouth responded well to losing their lead with Pickford denying Wilson and the Cherries looked more likely to grab a winner.

Ibe wriggled free and his shot clipped the bar but finally Bournemouth secured the win as Fraser cut in from the left and his shot took a huge deflection off Phil Jagielka and looped over Pickford and in. Scenes on the South Coast.

Arnautovic: “The referee took three points from us”

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Marko Arnautovic‘s two goal day looked set to lift David Moyes‘ West Ham United to another win, but a wild ending got wilder as Bournemouth came back to draw West Ham 3-3 at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday.

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Arnautovic scored twice to turn a 2-1 deficit into a brief lead, one that was put level when Nathan Ake‘s header was apparently handled on its way over the goal line by a borderline onside Callum Wilson.

Linesman Simon Long raised his flag, but referee Bobby Madley allowed the goal following a conversation. Arnautovic and the Irons were furious, and the Cherries gained a point.

Wilson called it a “touch of magic,” but the visitors clearly felt differently. From the BBC:

“It can’t be a goal for Bournemouth and it has to be a red card for Bournemouth, but that is football. I don’t know if I can he happy for the one point as the referee took three points from us. The mistake was the referee went to the linesman. He knows he made a mistake, but we all make mistakes. We have to believe, we are not in a brilliant position, but we have a lot of games to go and we can turn things around.”

Manager David Moyes was a little more restrained, but not much.

“I don’t know why he would not go with his linesman’s decision,” he said. “The offside could be close, the linesman gives it as an offside goal but the worst thing is the Bournemouth player puts it in with the top of his arm so it should be ruled out for that. For both decisions to be ruled out is disappointing.”

The offside was close, and even slow motion makes it difficult to tell whether the ball turned off Wilson’s arm, but either one of the perceived offenses is enough to enrage a West Ham supporter desperate for breathing room from the relegation zone.