How the Bournemouth players rated in their defeat away to Arsenal

It was always going to be a difficult afternoon for Eddie Howe and Bournemouth, but they weren’t phased by a trip to the Emirates Stadium. They took the game to Arsenal and did everything they could to earn a positive result. Despite losing by two goals, they were certainly giving as good as they received and would have got at least a point on another day. Benik Afobe and Jordon Ibe both missed good chances in the second half. Here are how the Bournemouth players rated on Sunday afternoon:

Adam Federici – He isn’t the undisputed first choice at Bournemouth, but he is getting the opportunity to impress at the moment. It was by no means a bad performance from the goalkeeper, but he did nothing to show why he should be the first choice at the club. 6

Simon Francis – Although he isn’t used to starting at right back, he adapted well to his new role and dealt with the threat posed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. In the other half, he pushed forward well and offered a good option for those in attacking areas. 6

Steve Cook – It wasn’t the best afternoon for Steve Cook as he was at fault for the first goal. Bournemouth often make defensive errors as they try to overcomplicate the game at times, especially when it comes to passing out from the back. He recovered well and didn’t let his misplaced pass affect him, but the damage had been done. 4

Nathan Ake – The Chelsea loanee was one of the best performers on the pitch in the first half. It was one of the first times that I had seen him in a centre back role and he looked at home, even against the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. His passing from the back is the reason he was targeted by Bournemouth during the summer and it added another dimension to the side’s play on Sunday, as he could play out from the back effectively. 6

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Brad Smith – He had opportunities to impress both defensively and in attack. However, he didn’t manage to do so and was one of the worst Bournemouth players on the day. He struggled to deal with Arsenal’s movement in the final third, while he had a great chance to cross to Josh King in the first half, but chose to shoot himself, wasting the opportunity. 4

Dan Gosling – It was a solid, but unspectacular performance from the former Everton and Newcastle midfielder. He kept things ticking over in possession and pressed well, but he doesn’t possess the quality to influence matches against sides of Arsenal’s ability. Jack Wilshere was hugely missed against his parent club. 5

Harry Arter – The Bournemouth midfielder was very impressive on Sunday afternoon and was arguably the best player in midfield in the first half. He is full of running and has upped his game since coming into the Premier League. His passing was good during the match and he was at the centre of everything that was good about Bournemouth. 7

Adam Smith – It was a change of role for Smith, who usually starts at full back, but he was impressive. He is one of the most underrated players in this Bournemouth side as he combines energy and technical ability in the final third. His quality on the ball meant he was a danger throughout. 7

Josh King – He has been one of the success stories since Bournemouth were promoted and caused problems for Arsenal this afternoon, especially in the first half with his directness. As the match went on, he faded and failed to make anything happen for his side. 6

Junior Stanislas – The winger was enthusiastic and tried to make things happen for his side, but struggled to impact the game against a higher level of opposition. He was dealt with well by the Arsenal defence and will be frustrated by his afternoon’s work. 5

Callum Wilson – He is one of Bournemouth’s best players and showed that he can raise his game against better opposition. His runs were causing Arsenal problems all match with one earning a penalty for his side. It was surprising to see him withdrawn from the game at the 60th minute as he looked to be Bournemouth’s biggest threat. 7

Benik Afobe – The striker was given a huge opportunity after being brought on for the last half hour. He was enthusiastic with his runs and got involved in the play, but his final product was poor. Afobe had a great chance to equalise, but put his shot straight at Petr Cech. 5

Jordon Ibe – The former Liverpool player also wasted a good opportunity late on as he headed wide from a promising position. Since his move, he hasn’t been able to do as well as he would have hoped and he didn’t do anything this afternoon to regain his starting place. 5

Lys Mousset – He didn’t get enough time to earn a rating. N/A

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