AFC Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson believes there were lots to take from the 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.
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.
But AFC Bournemouth’s performance against Premier League title challengers Arsenal impressed many watching, especially as the Cherries had been forced to make a number of changes.
From the more frequently seen side, only four players were playing in their more regular position.
Adam Federici was in goal replacing the injured Artur Boruc.
The defence had to be reshuffled, with regular right back Adam Smith selected in midfield, regular centre back Simon Francis playing at right back, regular left sided centre back Steve Cook playing on the right side of central defence to accommodate Nathan Ake at left sided centre back and finally the injured Charlie Daniels replaced by Brad Smith for his Cherries Premier League debut.
In midfield, Andrew Surman and Jack Wilshere were unavailable, whilst Jordon Ibe was on the bench following his recent illness.
The attack was a more familiar one including Joshua King, Junior Stanislas and Callum Wilson.
Wilson told afcb.co.uk…
‘Unfortunately, we didn`t get the result we wanted but I think there`s a lot of positives we can take…
‘…I think a lot of teams could come here and just let Arsenal have the ball and sit off. We came here, pressed them high up the pitch, tried to make it uncomfortable for them and I think for 45 minutes we did that.
‘We went toe to toe with a great Arsenal team and we just came here trying to play the way that we play really, a hard pressing game, and it nearly paid off but we`re learning and we`re growing as a team. I think it shows how much we have improved.
‘We`ve got great depth in the squad so whoever steps in you always know that they`re going to be able to do a job. There`s positives and it`s good competition for the team.’
AFCB Lost in Brum wrote…
Pleased generally with the performance but disappointed because we deserved the draw.
Ake has to start next week
After barely any game time Brad Smith gets called into the side… against Arsenal… and we looked no weaker for it. I’d like to see him face less talented opposition.
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