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Arsenal midfielder Granite Xhaka (L) lives with Bournemouth defender Adam Smith during the English Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, southern England on January 14, 2018
Arsene Wenger ‘s miserable start to the new year’ s turn to the worse side of the arsenal side – missing wantaway forward Alexis Sanchez – lost 2-1 at struggling Bournemouth in a game he admitted they “had to win”. Hector Bellerin put Arsenal ahead shortly after half-time Eddie Howe’s come back to an impressive comeback, scoring twice in five minutes by Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe.
Defeat leaves Arsenal in sixth place, Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom, London, United Kingdom And while Wenger wrestles with problems on the field, the off-the-pitch saga involving Sanchez is adding to his concerns, with the manager admitting that continuing to be a part of the future. “Half in half out, you never know this kind of situation during the transfer period,” he said after the match. “That’s why I’m going to focus on the game.”
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Bournemouth midfielder Jordon Ibe (L) talks to French teammate Lys Mousset after scoring the team’s second goal during the English Premier League game against Arsenal at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, southern England on January 14, 2018
Sanchez, who is in the final year of his contract, has been a long-term target for Manchester City and was expected to move to the Etihad Stadium in a £ 60 million ($ 82 million, 67 million euros) transfer on the final day of the last transfer window Arsenal completed a deal for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar. City to favorites to sign the International Airport in Manchester last week.
The Old Trafford club’s willingness to meet Arsenal’s £ 35 million valuation of Sanchez, who can leave a free agent at the end of the campaign, with the possibility of offering one-time Arsenal target Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of any deal, have increased the chance of joining Jose Mourinho’s squad. But while Wenger confirmed he expected the situation to be resolved soon, he said he did not know what the final outcome would be. – Sanchez future – Asked before the game if he expected Sanchez’s future to be determined imminently, he said: “Do not read too much in it because I do not know which way it will go.” Mesut Ozil was also missing for the Gunners after being kicked out of a Jack Wilshere goalkeeper kicked off the tournament with a bad shot.
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Alexis Sanchez has refused to sign a new Arsenal contract with his current deal expiring in the summer
Wilshere was anxious to make a good impression on where they were last seen on loan while Arsenal were keen to register their first victory since the turn of the year. Arsenal cam close after eight minutes Aasley Maitland-Niles struck the bar with a curling shot. In the 35th minute, Danny Welbeck was saved by keeper Asmir Begovic if the Arsenal striker had gone under the challenge of Simon Francis, he may have won a penalty.
There was a much clearer claim for a spot-kick moments later in the Arsenal area when Alex Iwobi handled Ibe’s free-kick goal referee. Kevin Friend decided the contact was unintentional. Arsenal broke the deadlock seven minutes after the restart. 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. Bournemouth forced their way back to 20 minutes remaining after Ryan Fraser and whipped a low cross towards the penalty spot where naked ahead of keeper Petr Cech and turned the ball into an empty net with a first-time finish. Four minutes later the home side went ahead Wilson collected Lewis Cook’s floated pass in the Arsenal area before laying down for Ibe to beat Cech with a low shot.