Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has expressed his disappointed after his side lost 3-0 to Arsenal.
Bournemouth, who were looking for their first league win of the season, came into the game believing they might be able to get something from a fragile Arsenal, but came away with a poor 3-0 loss.
Arsenal were much better on the day than people expected, and made short work of a lacklustre Bournemouth team.
Their manager, Eddie Howe, was understandably disappointed by how the game turned out, especially as they turned up wanting to attack.
“Being very honest, on reflection that performance was no where we wanted to be,” Howe told the BBC after the game.
“We feel we’ve come well short of what we’re capable of. Which is a real disappointment because we feel we had a chance in this game.
“When you come to these games, the away grounds, you have to manage the early parts of the game right. We came with a game plan to actually attack Arsenal and try take the game to them, but it didn’t appear that way. We were on the back foot right away and gave ourselves too much to do.
“Of course they do [have quality]. But I think from our perspective, we have to look and say ‘did we give a true representation of the philosophy of how we want to play?’, and that was short today. That’s why I say it’s a collective thing and as manager I have to take the hit on that one.”
The tone of the game was set the moment Danny Welbeck turned in Sead Kolasinac’s cross to open the scoring after just six minutes.
With the confidence of an early goal, Arsenal created several chances against Bournemouth who neither defended well nor offered any real threat on the counter attack.
It meant that whatever weaknesses Arsenal had were never in any danger of being exploited.
It was the perfect game to get our season on track and to get some confidence back ahead of a trip to Chelsea next weekend.