Arsenal showed immense character to make a comeback against Bournemouth being 2 goals down with the last strike of the game thanks to a Reiss Nelson wondergoal.
Philip Billing’s opener after 9.11 seconds, the second-fastest goal in Premier League history (after Shane Long who is the first at 7.69 seconds), gave Bournemouth the lead.
As expected, Arsenal dominated possession after going behind but couldn’t get the equalizer before halftime. Bournemouth, we were defending with two low blocks of four, were always dangerous on the counter as they held a 1-0 lead at the half.
Bournemouth doubled their lead just 10 minutes into the second half. Marcos Senesi rose from a corner kick and headed home to give Arsenal all sorts of problems.
But Arsenal were resilient and did not give up. They immediately responded with a goal. Smith Rowe headed the ball back into play after a corner, and Thomas Partey smashed it at the back post to score.
The Gunners leveled the score after Ben White volleyed a cross from Reiss Nelson.
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Finally, it was Nelson who took a touch and lashed home his shot to earn the very important 3 points for Arsenal.
Reiss Nelson, who had recently returned from injury hasn’t even played 90 minutes in total for Arsenal proved pivotal to put the game to bed as he scored his 4th ever Premier league goal.
There was a big smile on Mikel Arteta’s face. He knows the importance of the 3 points earned.
“I’m incredibly happy,” the Arsenal manager tells the BBC following his side’s incredible comeback. “They never gave up. There is nothing like sharing those great moments with your people. I’m so happy for him [Reiss Nelson].
“It’s just another game, another three points. To win three games in a week [Leicester, Everton, Bournemouth] is very important. We want to stay there [at the top] for as long as possible. There are still a lot of games to play but that’s the beauty of it.”