Premier League Update: Arsenal And Bournemouth In 3-3 Thriller
The cardiac kids were at it again, going 3-0 down to a Bournemouth side that was up to the challenge, only to claw their way back in the second half with three goals of their own to salvage an away draw.
Arsenal travelled to Bournemouth needing points to keep pace at the top of the table, but it was the home side that came storming out, playing an up-tempo attacking brand of football, which led to Bournemouth's first goal, as Charlie Daniels opened the scoring by beating Hector Bellerin and tucking the ball behind Cech at the near post, to put the home team up 1-0. It was quickly 2-0 after Callum Wilson was shoved in the box for a penalty in the 20th minute on an amateur and blatant foul by Granit Xhaka.
Amazingly, Arsenal did not have a single shot on target in the first half and found themselves down by two at the break. Any halftime adjustments by the visiting team went unnoticed as Bournemouth added to their lead in the 58th minute when Ryan Fraser made it 3-0.
Now down by three, Arsenal did what they seem to do best, which is the unknown. Obviously, they had nothing to lose at this point. Trailing by three, Arsenal picked up the tempo and went on the attack. Sanchez opened the scoring for the Gunners in the 70th minute on their first shot of the game, with a beautiful diving header. Five minutes later, Giroud set up substitute Lucas Perez, who made it 3-2 with a superb volley.
The Cherries had a chance to kill the game off, but Dan Gosling put his finish wide after doing well to create space. Then captain Simon Francis was sent off for a foul on Aaron Ramsey, reducing Bournemouth to 10 men in the 83rd minute.
Playing with an extra man and down by a goal, Arsenal poured it on in the final 10 minutes, and finally got the equalizer in extra time from a red hot Olivier Giroud, who scored with another header, and proceeded to celebrate by imitating his recent scorpion kick goal. Arsenal salvaged a point, but lost more ground on the leaders at the top of the table.
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