BOSS Eddie Howe admitted his disappointment after Arsenal’s winner came from a routine set-piece.

Brazilian centre-half David Luiz ghosted away from his marker to glance in Nicolas Pepe’s corner unchallenged after nine minutes in North London.

Despite fashioning chances during the second half, Cherries were consigned to a 1-0 reserve, leaving them 10th in the Premier League.

Talking about the goal his side conceded, Howe said: “Arsenal played a number of short corners in the game. Whether we were anticipating another short corner and just momentarily switched off.

“But you can’t afford a player of his (Luiz’s) quality in the air that much space and we are disappointed with that.”

Cherries are yet to take a point off the Gunners at Emirates Stadium since stepping up to the top flight.

“We find it hard coming here. Historically we have found these games difficult,” Howe added.

“I don’t know whether it’s that we try to play similar styles to Arsenal and just that they have been that much better than us down the years.

“But I do feel that the gap is maybe - from our perspective when we play well - hopefully getting smaller.

“But I think they are strong, they have quality players – always have done – and if you don’t play well as we did in that first period, you are going to find it tough.”