AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes his Cherries squad leave the Emirates with their heads held high following a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal.
Alexis Sanchez was gifted the opener when Adam Federici bowled the ball out to Steve Cook, who sloppily gifted possession to Sanchez who easily tucked the ball past Federici.
The Cherries however were back on level terms when Callum Wilson scored a penalty, which had been conceded by Nacho Monreal.
Former Southampton striker Theo Walcott regained the lead for Arsenal on 53 minutes and Sanchez scored his second of the game on the counter-attack as AFC Bournemouth had pushed forward in search of an equaliser.
Howe told the Sky Sports…
‘…I thought we were good today. It was a really tight game. With minutes to go we’re thinking we could try and get an equaliser, and I think we deserved one…
‘…We are what we are. We’re a football team, a high pressing team, we tried to show that today while trying to get a result, and the players did it superbly at times.
‘I thought we passed the ball well, created chances. To perform in the manner we did without key players is a huge boost for the squad I think.
‘We’re disappointed, we came here to win, but we have to leave with our head held high and positive for the games ahead.’
Is it a drop in concentration or just too casual? For a PL defender, with aspirations of an England call, he does make too many un-forced errors over a season. Annoyingly they usually lead to a goal.
Once he cuts out those ‘schoolboy’ mistakes I’m sure he can be a serious contender for an international call-up. – Join the conversation here.
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