Giroud, Sanchez Inspire Arsenal Fightback Vs 10-Man Bournemouth
Jan 04 2017 by Dustin Murphy
They were second-best throughout the first half as Bournemouth moved 2-0 ahead after 20 minutes with a neat Charlie Daniels goal and a Callum Wilson penalty.
Arsenal sensed a remarkable victory but time ran out and they remained in fourth spot with 41 points from 20 games, eight behind leaders Chelsea who play at Tottenham on Wednesday. We should not have made these kinds of mistakes.
Not many managers have spoken up about "fixture congestion", but to the ones that did- we say kudos to you good sir. "There's a great resilience in the team and we saw that again".
Here are five things we learned from the rather dramatic 3-3 draw. We are privileged in our job, we get a lot of money to play football and it is part of it.
But Gunners boss Wenger blamed his team's sluggish start on an extra 24 hours preparation for Bournemouth, who played on Saturday, as opposed to Arsenal, who beat Crystal Palace 2-0 only 48 hours prior to this game.
It was Bournemouth who got the next goal shortly after the break, as Fraser shrugged off the challenge of Hector Bellerin, before slotting through Cech's legs, 3-0.
Alexis Sanchez grabbed what appeared to be a 70th-minute consolation and substitute Lucas Perez added another with a stunning, 75th-minute volley.
Bournemouth were left to hang on when skipper Simon Francis was sent off for a lunge on Ramsey. Wenger has freshened up the central midfield with Ramsey and Coquelin joining Xhaka but it is no surprise to see Olivier Giroud keep his place after that wonder goal.
Their pressure was rewarded in the 42nd minute when Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick was headed in by Alfie Mawson for his first Premier League goal. The Cherries have lost just three of their nine matches in front of their home fans so far this season, and find themselves in a comfortable mid-table position as the second half of the season begins. Sunderland, which, like Swansea, has 15 points, is in 18th, a point behind Palace for safety.
The other game in the league on Tuesday is Stoke City against Watford at bet365 Stadium.