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Wenger struggles for answers after "very frustrating" Bournemouth loss

Wenger struggles for answers after

"Alexis would have played", said Wenger, after Arsenal leaked two goals in five minutes to slip to defeat.

While Hector Bellerin put the Gunners ahead shortly after the break, they looked toothless for most of the match and collapsed defensively as Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe completed a comeback win for the Cherries.

Record signing Alexandre Lacazette and fellow attacker Danny Welbeck struggled to make an impact at the Vitality Stadium, leaving Wenger searching for solutions in the final third, as he braces himself for the likely departure of Sanchez to Manchester City or Manchester United. "That is why I made a decision to focus on the game". This latest setback leaves them mired in sixth place and staring at a second straight season out of the Champions League. Arsenal are winless in four in all competitions - their longest barren run since a streak of five starting in February 2016 - and that could easily continue.

"We haven't created enough with the possession we had". Eddie Howe can count on making chances easily against Wenger's notional defence and that could be enough as the burden of Arsenal's successes may no longer be able to lie squarely on Alexis Sánchez's shoulders.

Arsenal changed to a back four moments before conceding the victor, and when asked whether that was a mistake on his part, Wenger answer: "Maybe a little bit but 1-1 was not good enough for us".

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"We come out of the game and think, 'How did we lose?'". It is very frustrating.

"It's a great sign for us, it has built confidence".

"We were 1-0 up and suddenly we lost two goals and we don't know where they came from".

"We just need to keep going game by game and keep picking up points". "That would be unsafe".


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