The Cherries slumped to their third consecutive defeat at home to Arsenal in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Super Sunday.
After the heartbreak of the stoppage time defeat to Manchester United, a disappointing performance also saw the side lose to Newcastle United.
The performance picked up for the visit of Arsenal, but a debatable offside decision ruled out a goal from David Brooks before AFC Bournemouth fell behind to a spectacular own goal from £25million signing Jefferson Lerma.
The Cherries got back level through Joshua King, but Arsenal were the better side during the second half.
Another mistake from Lerma would go unpunished, but a cynical and ultimately needless foul to concede from Lerma would eventually lead to Arsenal’s winner.
But in a game that seemed to force the spotlight on Lerma, the Colombia international still had one more chance to make amends but his shot with five minutes remaining rebounded off of the woodwork.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told afcb.co.uk…
“We’re disappointed with it. We felt we were in the game all the way through and were on the wrong end of some decisions. In a game like this, you need every bit of luck you can find. Jefferson Lerma’s shot hit the post, so it’s fine margins between getting something out of the game and getting nothing. The players gave everything to the match but it wasn’t to be.
“We started the game brightly and had good moments, but Arsenal came back into it. Their first goal was bizarre but that’s the luck that was against us today. There was nothing Lerma could do about it and he was inches away from being a hero at the end. That’s football for you…”
“…We took Manchester United to the limit and gave everything and came away beaten. It’s important the confidence levels aren’t affected by those defeats. Losing to Newcastle was disappointing as well, but we’ve had a very strong start to the season so it’s important we don’t overreact in these moments. We know we will win again soon. We don’t overreact whether we win or lose…”
Was looking forward to the second half having got back into it which was fully deserved. Not quite the crisp stuff I had hoped for.
It looked as though we switched to a back three second half, Fraser looked a little more shackled.
All in all, not a bad performance but another 5-10% on the level and I think we could have taken all three! – Join the conversation, click here.