Arsenal player ratings: Cech and co absolutely shocking against Bournemouth

Arsenal player ratings: Cech and co absolutely shocking against Bournemouth

All the signs are pointing towards a victory for Arsenal, but Alexis Sanchez has not travelled with the Gunners as he pushes through a transfer to Manchester United, and this could upset the north Londoners' preparations.

Bournemouth picked up a hugely valuable three points to move them further away from the relegation zone as they beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium.

"He's being vague at the moment".

Asked if he expected Sanchez's future to be determined imminently, he said: "Yes".

It was a selection that displayed the alarming lack of quality available to Arsene Wenger - who was also missing Mesut Ozil through injury - meaning the Gunners' boss was forced to field an XI which from the outset looked as though it would struggle for goals - and indeed that was the case.

The home side mustered the first attempt when Adam Smith fired wide early on, but after eight minutes Arsenal were within a whisker of breaking through.

The chance came when Jack Wilshere, on loan at Bournemouth last season, linked with Alexandre Lacazette to find Ainsley Maitland-Niles, whose effort cannoned back off the bar. Referee Kevin Friend had a brilliant view but turned down strong appeals from those in red and black.

On the pitch, however, the Gunners could not lift the gloom that has surrounded the club in recent weeks, despite Hector Bellerin's cross-shot somewhat fortuitously giving the visitors a lead in the 52nd minute. Iwobi slotted an excellent pass inside left-back Charlie Daniels, allowing Bellerin to advance on Begovic before beating the keeper with a powerful angled shot.

However, the home side rallied and Eddie Howe's men equalised in the 70th minute when Callum Wilson finished as Petr Cech needlessly raced out of goal.