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Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal: Cherries keep Gunners down

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  • Cherries beat Arsenal for first time

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 2-1 Burnley: Cherries win home finale

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  • Cherries score in each half
  • Vokes nets for Burnley
  • King 8th in goals this PL season

Bournemouth remains in the mix to finish eighth in the Premier League after Junior Stanislas and Joshua King scored in a 2-1 win over Burnley at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

The Cherries join Southampton and West Brom on 45 points, having played one fewer match than both.

Sam Vokes scored a second half goal that briefly leveled the score, but the Clarets remain stuck on 40 points.

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Kevin Long intervened before a cross could reach Lys Mousset when Bournemouth threatened to go up 1-0 before the match was three minutes old. A corner led to another, but Burnley was able to hold off the Cherries.

That changed after several more opportunities, as Bournemouth was rewarded for its ascendancy through former Claret attacker Stanislas. Steve Cook swept a ball toward the top of the 18, and Stanislas ran past Stephen Ward to collect the ball and beat a diving Tom Heaton.

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Mousset headed a cross into a jumping Heaton’s hands in the 61st minute.

Yet it was Burnley who’d score, big Vokes rising to turn a cross off the back of his head and inside the far post.

The stalemate lasted in the neighborhood of 120 seconds, as King scooped up his 16th goal of the Premier League season in the 85th minute. Substitute Ryan Fraser sent the ball to the near post, and King bodied off James Tarkowski before bouncing a shot by Heaton.

West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Bournemouth: Baggies hit 40 points

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  • Boruc gaffe puts WBA in front
  • Dawson scores, leaves injured

Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley scored as West Brom overcame an early concession to beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Joshua King converted a penalty to give the Cherries a lead that the Baggies canceled out before halftime.

West Brom hits the 40-point mark with the win, 10 points shy of the Top Four. Bournemouth is now five points shy of the drop zone.

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Jack Wilshere sprung Ryan Fraser into the right side of the box, and Allan Nyom‘s arm bar took him to the turf. Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot, and King went right to beat Ben Foster.

Dawson fired home from outside the box to bring the Baggies level. Set up by a nice chest trap by Darren Fletcher and some patient work from Nacer Chadli, Dawson’s hard shot took a deflection past Artur Boruc to make it 1-1.

Gareth McAuley completed the fight back when Boruc made a horrible attempt to punch clear a corner and the ball dropped to the West Brom man for a tap into the empty goal.

Salomon Rondon had the Hawthorns howling for a penalty in the 35th minute, but replays proved King to have made a terrific tackle.

Boruc somewhat redeemed himself by stopping a Johnny Evans header before the break.

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The 50th minute saw a scary moment as Dawson’s follow-through on a headed flick connected with the dome of marker Tyrone Mings to leave both on the turf. Dawson went off, and Chadli’s redirected goal was ruled offside literally adding insult to injury.

Chadli’s head appeared to be onside, but the linesman felt otherwise.

Giroud leads stunning 3-goal Arsenal comeback

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  • Daniels with goal, assist
  • Fraser scores, wins PK
  • Giroud leads comeback
  • Bellerin has a nightmare

Olivier Giroud scored and posted two assists as Arsenal came back from a 3-0 deficit to draw Bournemouth 3-3 at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday.

Alexis Sanchez scored on Arsenal’s first shot on target, which came in the 70th minute. Lucas Perez found another within five minutes. Arsenal moves a point back of Man City, and two ahead of fifth-place Spurs.

Simon Francis saw red in the 83rd minute to heap doubt on the result. The draw has Bournemouth one point ahead of South Coast rivals Southampton, with 25 points in ninth.

Charlie Daniels, Ryan Fraser, and Callum Wilson scored for the Cherries.

Arsenal’s January run includes Bournemouth, Swansea, Watford, and Burnley, and hopeful Gunners won’t be buoyed by the slow start.

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Daniels took down a diagonal cross with style, cutting back on Hector Bellerin and besting Petr Cech with a right-footed shot. Three minutes later, it was Ryan Fraser going down easy after a silly shove from Granit Xhaka. Wilson converted the PK.

Arsenal’s fight back was lively, and Aaron Ramsey won a corner with a turn-and-belt from 16 yards away. Arenal played in short, and Bournemouth cleared the danger.

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Fraser made it 3-0 by pushing Bellerin aside in a race to a lost ball the left end line, and cutting in to fool Cech between the legs.

Sanchez dove to head a Giroud flick past Artur Boruc to give Arsenal a hint of life with that 70th minute marker.

Giroud was again in the role of playmaker, finding Perez for a 75th minute goal that made it 3-2.

Bournemouth didn’t wilt, as Ryan Gosling moved past Giroud to swoop a shot high and wide of the frame.

Simon Francis then cut down Ramsey within a minute, leaving his feet and picking up a yellow card.

It was the second minute of stoppage when Giroud barged down the door to a point with his finish.

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Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool: Ryan Fraser sparks Cherries to stunning comeback

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It’s never easy for Premier League minnows Bournemouth, but somehow they always seem to show up in the biggest moments.

Substitute Ryan Fraser, on for an injured Junior Stanislas in the 55th minute, made all the difference. He assisted two and scored one as he sparked the Cherries to an exciting comeback, winning 4-3 on a late goal by Nathan Ake deep into stoppage time. While Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc made a pair of early mistakes that led to visiting goals, Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius spilled one that saw Ake snatch the winner.

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Out of the gates, Liverpool maintained a firm control over the game through the opening 10 minutes. The spell of possession earned them the game’s first chance on 10 minutes as Origi missed a sitter, delivered by Nathaniel Clyne on the right edge of the penalty area low beating defender Steve Cook to Origi right in front of net, but sliding to meet the ball he bundled the chance and it trickled wide.

That would be rectified 10 minutes later as Liverpool would steal a pair of goals in the blink of an eye. In the 20th minute, a ball over the top from Emre Can met a streaking Mane who blistered past a hapless Nathan Ake and bagged the opener. It appeared that Ake expected goalkeeper Artur Boruc to come off his line and assist. That would be relevant as just three minutes later, a horrific mistake by Boruc saw Origi in as the goalkeeper came way off his line all the way to the right edge of the penalty area to challenge the Liverpool youngster, but Origi easily touched passed Boruc and finished from an incredibly tight angle to put Liverpool 2-0 up.

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Bournemouth seemingly had a way back in when Roberto Firmino appeared to trip Ake at the top of the penalty area, but with referee Bobby Madley starting straight at it, he waved off the penalty shout. Following that moment, the hosts proved themselves in the flow of the game, holding a number of decent spells of possession up to halftime.

Out of the break, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe brought on former Liverpool youngster Jordon Ibe, and the boss was forced into a change not 10 minutes later with Stanislas needing a replacement in Fraser. Not a minute on the pitch, Fraser made an impact as he was bumped to the ground by James Milner in the box, and Bournemouth had themselves a penalty, which Callum Wilson finished cooly to give the Cherries a lifeline.

The referee had to talk Jurgen Klopp off the ledge with the Liverpool manager losing his mind moments after the penalty, as Bobby Madley and fourth official Stuart Atwell told him no more antics or he’d be off. That spurned Liverpool to a response, and Mane produced a brilliant run on ball into the box, cutting towards the middle before feeding Emre Can for a one-timer that he buried into the top corner for a 3-1 lead just past the hour mark.

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The Reds needed goalkeeper Lorius Karius to keep out Fraser in the 70th minute with a shot from straight on tipped over the bar. They came as close to a fourth as physically possible without scoring moments later as Milner nearly scored directly off a corner, but goal-line technology showed that Boruc caught the in-swinger with literally a hair of the ball still on the line.

Bournemouth again pulled within a goal with an incisive counter-attack with 14 minutes left, this time with Fraser on the end of a cutback from substitute Benik Afobe. The goal, the 22-year-old’s first in Premier League play, sent Bournemouth away bursting with confidence, and they came right back down to equalize. A cross by Fraser found Cook standing tall at the spot, where he collected, turned, and poked home for a 3-3 scoreline.

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With Liverpool on roller skates, Bournemouth pushed for a winner the whole way through five added minutes, and they’d get it a minute from the final whistle with a deep drive by Steve Cook spilled by Karius, and Ake was there to poke home, needing a pair of touches to get it over the line past a helpless Liverpool goalkeeper.

The win, Bournemouth’s first ever over Liverpool in league play, sees the Cherries jump into the top half of the table on 18 points, sliding past Watford into 10th. Meanwhile, a stunned Liverpool loses ground on the top, with both Arsenal and Chelsea winning on Saturday, leaving Liverpool four points off the top in third with 30 points.