Bournemouth came from a goal behind and their spirit paid off in spades as goals from Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe saw off our weak efforts to claim the points.

There was plenty of hype before kickoff, but none of it surrounded the game. The news of Alexis being left out of the matchday squad led to questions being directed at Arsene Wenger pre-match, where he confirmed there was something going on behind the scenes.

The Chilean wasn’t the only one left out, as Mesut Ozil was also absent, but his knee injury was a far better reason for his absence. However, without our two star players, our lineup was established, but perhaps lacking in creativity.

That is why it was so important that Jack Wilshere returned after coming off early in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea. The England midfielder is probably the only one capable of producing something a little different to unlock a tight game.

The early stages of the game saw the home side press effectively, and our backline, lacking a little experience, were being squeezed into panic. We managed to deal with the threats, but not without giving encouragement to the home crowd.

The game was being played with an edge, the small crowd was baying at every decision the referee made, and the players looked pumped on both sides. Tension was amping up, and Kevin Friend’s decisions weren’t unfair, but the Cherries crowd didn’t see it that way.

Welbeck had our first real chance on the 34 minute mark, as he squeezed past two Bournemouth defenders and poked in a shot that Begovic did well to parry with his legs. A corner a minute later saw Shkodran Mustafi shoved to the ground by Simon Francis and the ball glanced just wide from the Cherries defender’s back.

It was good to see Alex Iwobi involved a little more than of late, and he was putting the home team on the back foot, as well as Danny Welbeck.

Bournemouth then came to life, and only a last gasp block stopped them taking the lead on the 40th minute, plus there was the small matter of Alex Iwobi touching the ball with his arm in the box. We were living dangerously.

The half time whistle blew and it was pretty even from both sides, but we could consider ourselves lucky not to have conceded yet another penalty.

We started the second half with no changes, and on the 51st minute, we broke the deadlock.

We had gotten some joy on the right hand flank, and it was this wing that the goal came from. Bellerin had been giving Charlie Daniels plenty to think about, and when we picked the ball up in the centre, Bellerin made a run that Daniels didn’t track. The Spaniard stole into the box, collected Iwobi’s fine pass and his low shot was partially saved by Begovic, but not enough to stop the ball bobbling into the net.

Normally, when we score, there is a shaky period where we are open to conceding. The minutes that followed the goal saw us enjoy our most comfortable spell though, as if the goal had broken Bournemouth’s spirit. That is the mindset that lulls you into a false sense of security though.

You always need that second goal.

The home side obviously roused themselves, and a series of good possession ended with a cross from Ryan Fraser saw Cech out of the equation and only a decisive touch from Calum Chambers stopped Bournemouth getting the equaliser.

Then, inevitably, Bournemouth grabbed the equaliser.

Good play down their right saw Fraser put in a low swinger that Cech came to claim, but Callum Wilson stole in ahead of him to poke home. Cech made a decision to grab the ball, but it was the wrong one.

Changes were made on the 73rd minute, as Calum Chambers was replaced by the fit-again Aaron Ramsey, and it meant more of a goal threat. We needed it.

No sooner had that happened then Bournemouth took the lead.

Wilson played the offside line well, and held the ball up. He offloaded to Jordon Ibe who lashed home first time to stun Arsenal.

Theo Walcott then came on for Alex Iwobi, and with Walcott in negotiations with Everton to sign for them, it would be a welcome parting gift for him to score in this game.

We had fifteen minutes to rescue this game, and perhaps our league season.

The woeful thing though? We created nothing of note in those last minutes. We should’ve been desperate to create, pressure everywhere on the pitch, but it wasn’t there. We had the possession, we kept trying things, but we didn’t have any real openings.

Not good enough.

Bournemouth saw out the rest of the game pretty comfortably, and we suffered another defeat that really puts the gloss on claims that this is our worst season yet under Wenger.

It was their first ever victory over us, and they fully deserved it. I’m getting pretty tired of seeing this from our team though. We are a sinking ship.