Eddie Howe takes responsibility for Bournemouth's heavy defeat to Arsenal

Ruben Hill
September 13, 2017

However, it's crucial that they repeat the same calibre of performance against Antonio Conte's side next weekend if they're to genuinely silence the critics.

Arsenal bounced back from a bad performance at Anfield against Liverpool by beating a unimpressive Bournemouth 3-0 in a routine win.

Bournemouth have lost all four of their Premier League matches so far this season, having scored one goal and conceded eight. "Overall we had a committed, disciplined and offensively a very good performance", Wenger said. I have to be honest with people, I have to stand here and tell the truth, I can not hide it. I really felt if we were good today we would have had a chance but we weren't. We have no points, we have to dig deep and find some character and show what we are made of. "I can't hide away from how poor we were today".

Arsenal's nerves were settled by a goal within six minutes, the recalled Sead Kolasinac making the difference with an incisive run and cross on the left to tee up Welbeck for a close-range header.

The in-form Welbeck added his second goal shortly after halftime and the only surprise was that the rampant Gunners, who introduced Alexis Sanchez to a standing ovation midway through the second half, failed to add a fourth.

The France worldwide has taken to life in London easily and will nearly certainly challenge the likes of Harry Kane, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero for the Premier League's Golden Boot award.

"If we can't get him to work back which I don't think is natural in his game, which isn't natural in his game, we have to get him going forward with even more potency". "If it has crept in then we can't allow it to creep in because we have to be at our maximum every week to compete with these players".

Team to play Bournemouth: Cech, Bellerin, Kolasinac, Koscielny, Mustafi, Ramsey, Monreal, Xhaka, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette. As manager I have to take collective responsibility for everything that has happened this season and vow to put it right. "I didn't see what I wanted to see".

"It's always a test when you had such a negative experience as we had, for the mental health of the team, to see how we respond. That's what I have to take responsibility for".

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