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Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal: Cherries keep Gunners down

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  • Bellerin puts Arsenal up
  • Wilson scores in 100th AFCB app
  • 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 Brighton: Cherries come back for first points

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  • Sonny March put Brighton up after halftime
  • Andrew Surman and Jermain Defoe brought the Cherries back
  • Jordon Ibe produced two assists for Bournemouth

Jermain Defoe had done little through the first 70 minutes, and it seems that’s when he’s most dangerous. The former England international struck with 15 minutes to go, giving the Cherries their first win and first points of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

There was an opening 45 minutes. It was so awful that these two sentences will be all we have to describe it.

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Don’t believe us? Fine, here’s one more sentence: the first half featured one shot on target, one corner, zero serious chances on goal, zero offside calls, seven fouls, and zero Brighton touches in the Bournemouth penalty area.

May we continue?

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Moving on to the second half, things were just as cagey, but Brighton began to attack with more venom. Shane Duffy had a header cleared off the line 51 minutes in. That would prove prophetic, as the visitors scored minutes later. A wonderful through-ball down the left sprung Pascal Gross, and he delivered a pinpoint cross to the head of Solly March who headed in from point-blank range.

The game opened up ,and Bournemouth responded, leveling things up 10 minutes later. Jordon Ibe produced a wonderful back-heel assist to put Andrew Surman on the ball, and the 31-year-old South African skipped past a defender and delivered the ball into the far corner of the net.

The Cherries nearly got another as Ibe collected a poor Brighton clearance at the top of the box and rifled on net, with the shot destined for the far corner but blocked by a sliding Lewis Dunk. During that chance, Gross was injured under a challenge from Nathan Ake and required a physio visit. That forced him off momentarily, and soon after the restart before Gross could come back on, the Cherries struck with the temporary advantage.

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Ibe again played creator as he stayed on the ball under heavy contact, feeding Defoe with an outside-foot pass. The 34-year-old took his chance, burying the shot past Maty Ryan for a 2-1 lead in the 73rd minute. The goal is his first of the season.

That was it the rest of the way, as Brighton had little ability to push the attack to look for a late point.

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The points for Bournemouth were massive, moving them out of 19th and even with Leicester City and West Ham. That leaves Crystal Palace as the only team without a point this season. Brighton remains in 14th with four points.

Jordon Ibe reportedly robbed at knifepoint in London

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According to reports in England, Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe was robbed at knifepoint in south London back on November 6.

Just a day after a disastrous 2-1 defeat to Sunderland heading into the international break, Ibe was driving when thieves reportedly rammed into the back of his car and proceeded to rob him with a knife, taking his $30,000 Rolex watch. Police have announced they are investigating whether the vehicular collission was intentional.

The attack came just four days after Andy Carroll was the victim of an attempted robbery, where bicicylsts targeted Carroll on his way home from training. The robbers pointed a gun at Carroll, who drove off but crashed his Mercedes in the panic, managing to make his way back to the training ground after shaking the robbers on foot.

Ibe was not injured in the attack, and he missed the most recent 1-0 win over Stoke on Saturday due to illness, according to the club. It’s been a rough season for Ibe, without a goal or assist thus far after moving to Bournemouth from Liverpool.

Ibe on Bournemouth move: “I like the philosophy the manager has got here”

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Jordon Ibe is going to get his chance to shine away from Anfield.

The Liverpool youngster is off to Bournemouth, signing with Eddie Howe‘s club on Friday after what is believed to be a $20 million move.

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Ibe, 20, moved to Liverpool from Wycombe at the age of 16 and made a career-best 41 appearances for the Reds last year, scoring four goals.

From AFCB.co.uk:

“It’s exciting,” Ibe told Cherries Player HD.
“I like the philosophy the manager has got here and there are a lot of good, young players so it’s a good place for me to kick on and do well.
“The team play the same style of football as Brendan Rogers used to play at Liverpool, which is something that I like.”

Ibe is an exciting player who showed promise with Liverpool and has represented England at youth level. With Max Gradel and Benik Afobe, Bournemouth can trot out a dangerous, shifty attack.

If the fee is accurate, it’s another club record for the Cherries.

Southampton 1-6 Liverpool: Origi hat trick as Reds head to League Cup semis

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Liverpool overcame a lightning-quick deficit to advance to the League Cup semifinals with a 6-1 win over Southampton at St. Mary’s on Wednesday.

Divock Origi scored a hat trick, Daniel Sturridge scored twice, and Jordon Ibe also tallied for the Reds.

The semifinal draw is held shortly after the game. Liverpool joins Manchester City, Stoke City and Everton in the final four.

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For Southampton, Sadio Mane scored with just 44 seconds gone at St. Mary’s, as Ryan Bertrand sent a cross over a mass of players and Mane rose over Alberto Moreno to head home the opener.

Sturridge equalized in the 25th minute, collecting a long diagonal ball from Joe Allen and creating space to belt a low, hard shot past Maarten Stekelenburg

The next goal needed just one touch, as Emre Can looped a ball over the top to a streaking Sturridge. The star striker one touched a shot under a diving Stekelenburg.

‘Twas a simply incredible ball from the German, and a classy finish from Sturridge.

Then Origi made it 3-1 when he deflected Moreno’s belting first-touch shot from outside the 18. Stekelenburg claimed an attacker near him was offside to no avail.

Ibe sent Origi in for the fourth goal with about 22 minutes to play, and five minutes later Ibe was on the end of a Moreno cross. Origi added another late in the match.