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Chelsea 0-3 Bournemouth: Cherries bury Blues

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  • Chelsea drops fourth
  • Blues outshoot Cherries 21-11
  • Wilson leads the way

Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas each had a goal and an assist as Bournemouth posted an emphatic 3-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Ex-Chelsea man Nathan Ake scored Bournemouth’s other goal as the Cherries built the three-goal advantage by the 67th minute.

Chelsea is now behind Liverpool, both with 50 points. Bournemouth rises 10th with 28 points.

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Chelsea’s start was very slow, with no shots to speak of while Bournemouth was able to manufacture some action through Ryan Fraser.

Bournemouth was happy to hit the break nil-nil, and happier when Wilson put the Cherries in front of the heavily-favored Blues on a 1-2 with Jordon Ibe.

The Cherries made it 2-0 in sensational fashion, with Stanislas flicking beyond the reach of Thibaut Courtois after a pass from Callum Wilson.

Then Ake scored against his old club in a manner which begged whether Roman Abramovich had an itchy trigger finger when it comes to his manager. Stanislas sent the ball into the Dutch defender.

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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.

Bournemouth 3-3 West Ham: Chaos down south

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  • Bournemouth winless in nine
  • Arnautovic has five goals in five
  • Begovic slips for howler on rain-drenched day

A controversial late equalizer at rain-soaked Vitality Stadium gave unlikely goal scorer Nathan Ake a brace, as Bournemouth earned a 3-3 draw with visiting West Ham United on Boxing Day.

Marko Arnautovic scored a pair of late goals to seemingly prod West Ham in front after the Cherries led on Ake’s first and a Dan Gosling marker.

James Collins scored West Ham’s other goal.

The Irons remain a point above the Bottom Three, with Bournemouth in 18th with 17.

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The hosts’ post-holiday hopes took an early hit through Collins, who rose to head home moments after Bournemouth popped a similar chance over the bar.

Josh King just missed making it 1-1 when his side-footed turn of a Callum Wilson cross knifed wide of the frame.

At the other end, Arthur Masuaku found Andre Ayew, but the Frenchman’s first touch hit whistled wide of the net.

Gosling put Bournemouth level by finding a loose ball in the 18 and firing it beyond Adrian.

Simon Francis was fortunate to stay in the match when his high trap attempt caught Cheikhou Kouyate in the face.

Adrian collected a popped King header just before halftime.

Bournemouth kept up its pressure in the downpour. A Jordon Ibe set piece led to a corner kick, and Ake found a seeing-eye ball and deposited it behind Adrian.

The Spanish keeper denied Gosling’s hopes for a brace in the 63rd minute.

Arnautovic got the equalizer when Asmir Begovic slipped onto his rear end on a clearing attempt, allowing the Austrian to slide home for 2-2.

Masuaku swept a cross through to Javier Hernandez, and Begovic’s save pushed the ball right onto Arnautovic’s path for the winner.

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Bournemouth completes record signing of Chelsea’s Ake

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Bournemouth has signed their man, officially.

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The Cherries announced on Friday that the club has agreed to terms on a deal with Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, who becomes Bournemouth’s richest signing in Premier League history.

It’s being reported that the transfer fee was in excess of $25 million, however, neither club has confirmed that number.

“I had a great time here last season so I’m really happy to be back,” said Ake.

“It’s an exciting challenge. Chelsea is a great club and I learned so much there but this is a new step and the right place for me to develop even more.

Ake made 12 appearances for Bournemouth last season in the Premier League while on loan from the Blues, including netting three goals in that span from his outside back position.

The Cherries had been heavily pursuing Ake since he was recalled from his loan during the second half of the 2016/17 season.

Conte preparing Ake to start against Spurs with Cahill sidelined

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With Gary Cahill sidelined due to injury and outgoing club legend John Terry unlikely to get the starting nod, Antonio Conte appears to have found a suitable replacement for Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal.

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The Chelsea manager believes that Nathan Ake, who recently returned to the club from a loan spell with Bournemouth, will be ready to fill the void left by Cahill when the Blues face Tottenham at Wembley Stadium.

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Ake, 22, has been in the Chelsea system since joining the club’s youth academy in 2011, but now could be the Dutchman’s big opportunity to make an impression after having previously only making 14 appearances over four seasons.

“Ake thinks he deserves to have this chance to play,” Conte said. “He is showing me his all in this period, always great commitment. He worked very hard. His behaviour was great, was fantastic, and he never told anything.

“Don’t forget that Ake was playing every game with Bournemouth, and he wanted to come and to stay with us to try to work together and to help us to fight for the title.

During his time with Bournemouth this season, Ake has greatly impressed. In 12 appearances across all competitions, the young defender had notched three goals prior to being recalled by Chelsea earlier this week.

Conte added: “I think he’s a good player, I think he’s ready to have this opportunity, to have this chance, he deserves this opportunity and I trust him. I have no problem to take this decision.

“I think for this position Ake has the right characteristic to be the substitute for Gary.”