Howe hails Ibe after Bournemouth fightback

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe saluted former Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe after his match-winning goal against Arsenal.

The Cherries moved four points clear of the relegation zone with a much-needed victory against the Gunners after coming from behind to triumph 2-1.

Ibe has blown hot and cold since his £15million move from Liverpool 18 months ago, but his maiden Bournemouth goal secured the club’s first ever win against Arsenal.

“It will do him the world of good, he has deserved that in recent weeks. He has been peppering the goal and his performances have been of real high quality,” said Howe.

“He has got a number of assists, so those figures are up, and now he has a goal, so hopefully it’s the first of many.”

Hector Bellerin had given Arsenal the lead, before Bournemouth netted twice within four minutes – Callum Wilson levelling the scores, before Ibe put the hosts ahead.

Howe added: “We worked incredibly hard, we had a game plan to make it uncomfortable for them and try to get after them.

“That worked to a degree but we went 1-0 down and had to fight back again, so real credit to the players for finding that inner strength to do it because the game was pretty flat at that moment from our perspective.”