Giroud, Sanchez Inspire Arsenal Fightback Vs 10-Man Bournemouth
Jan 04 2017
Olivier Giroud headed a late equalizer after setting up two goals to complete Arsenal's second-half fightback at Bournemouth, salvaging a 3-3 draw for his side in an engrossing Premier League game on Tuesday.
Arsenal were again missing Mesut Ozil due to illness, with boss Arsene Wenger claiming the German had been in bed for the last week.
Ryan Fraser added a third just before the hour mark for the Cherries, but Arsenal responded with 20 minutes left as Alexis Sanchez scored.
However, after a disappointing display in the opening 70 minutes Arsenal suddenly launched their comeback in the final 20, with Sanchez setting them on their way with a diving header from close range - Arsenal's first shot on target of the night.
Bournemouth broke the deadlock after 16 minutes when Junior Stanilas' long ball found Charlie Daniels, who controlled well before slotting past Petr Cech. Wilson stepped up to take the spot kick and rolled his finish past Cech from 12 yards.
Arsenal responded with a Sanchez curler that went just wide but things were not going Wenger's way with Francis Coquelin limping off injured. Arsenal won their home match against the Cherries 3-1 and will need another result like that to keep up with Chelsea.
Indeed, it nearly got worse for the Gunners before the break, with Stanislas bending a shot inches wide of Cech's left-hand post from 20 yards in stoppage time at the end of the half. The first half was utterly dire, with Arsenal lacking any intensity in possession, failing to deal with the pace of Bournemouth in attacking areas.
After 56 minutes, an Arter blast from the edge of the box deflected in off Wilson, but the referee judged that it had hit the Bournemouth striker on the hand on its way in.
But Bournemouth only needed another two minutes to send the Vitality Stadium into dreamland.
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