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Iwobi Bags Assist, Ibe Hits Winner As Bournemouth Stun Arsenal

Iwobi Bags Assist, Ibe Hits Winner As Bournemouth Stun Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez was absent from the squad amid his seemingly impending move to Manchester United.

Hector Bellerin scored Arsenal's opener in the 52nd minute after he was played through on goal by Iwobi.

And while Wenger wrestles with problems on the field, the off-the-pitch saga involving Sanchez is adding to his concerns, with the manager admitting that continuing uncertainty surrounding the striker's future, was the reason he was omitted. "That is why I chose to focus on the game".

City remained favourites to sign the Chile worldwide this month until Manchester United expressed their interest last week.

But while Wenger confirmed he expected the situation to be resolved soon, he said he did not know what the final outcome would be.

Jamie Redknapp has claimed Arsene Wenger's current team is the worst Arsenal side he has ever seen.

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Arsenal are now without a single win in their last four matches, drawing three and losing one.

In a goalless first period, Ainsley Maitland-Niles came closest for Arsenal, as he rattled the bar.

The visitors squandered another chance in the 35th minute when Danny Welbeck broke through on goal only to fire straight Asmir Begovic. Bellerin ran onto an excellently weighted pass from Alex Iwobi to steer the ball into the Bournemouth net.

Bournemouth restored parity on 70 minutes as Callum Wilson turned home Ryan Fraser's cross to draw the hosts level, 1-1.

Four minutes later, the home side was on the verge of history after Wilson was again able to cushion the ball in the path of the onrushing Jordan Ibe who's powerful effort beat the helpless Petr Cech with 15 minutes remaining on the clock.