Morning all.

What is there to say after the 97 minutes of football played out by both Bournemouth and Arsenal yesterday other than, wow! I said before the game that I believed Bournemouth are better than their League position suggests…..

Mikel Arteta made three changes to the starting eleven of midweek. Fabio Vieira, Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu came in for Granit Xhaka, Jorginho and Ben White respectively. Eddie Nketiah was ruled out through injury. In case you’re interested, not one player from the Arsene Wenger era started the game.

Referee Chris Kavanagh had barely taken his whistle out of his mouth after started the game and Arsenal were 1-0 down. Not the best defensive work we’ve seen from this Arsenal team. Not the best defensive work from Thomas Partey either when from a Bournemouth corner early in the second half, the away team doubled their lead.  What a shock and very disappointing after Man City had already won their match earlier in the day.

Cometh the hour, cometh the comeback…..

A corner from Bukayo Saka was half cleared by Neto, Emile Smith Rowe headed the ball back across the box for Thomas Partey to smash home. Then, on came Reiss Nelson. Off down the left wing he soon went, a cross in towards the far post where Ben White was cutting in from the right. His shot was palmed away by Neto but only after the ball had crossed the line. Bukayo Saka hit the woodwork, Gabriel Martinelli fired over the bar and time was running out. We were into the seventh minute of the six added when we had a corner which was cleared, but only as far as Reiss Nelson who was lurking on the the edge of the box. He chested the ball down and then fired his left footed shot hard past Neto and into the net. 3-2, an astonishing comeback complete.

The Emirates went into celebration mode and in a big way and why not? Andrew has kindly sent in a video clip of the players after the final whistle blew. Sorry, I need to Google how to insert it properly. Lol


To go 2-0 down and still believe take mental strength. To fight back shows grit, determination and dedication.

Mikel Arteta:

Everybody is overwhelmed a bit. It was madness from the first minute of the game where we defended so poorly and then you have to climb a mountain. After that don’t lose the shape and try to score the first one. We did that and once we did that the atmosphere and the place changed. We generated a lot of chances. I thought the subs made a huge impact. So happy for Reiss after he made a huge impact.

On the celebrating:

You lose sight of where you are, I started to run and I didn’t know where I was running to. Just looking at the faces of everybody it’s just great to live.

Gary O’Neil:

I’ve no comment to make on what Arsenal did. I shook hands with Mikel, it was a game he needed to win and I needed something from. We went to battle and he came out on top. They score a goal they can celebrate how they want.


Five VAR reviews for Arsenal, nothing given. Bournemouth players in Arsenal’s half when the game kicked off, not spotted – but is anyone really surprised?

The downside of the game was the injury to Leandro Trossard. ESR came on in his place but he too was subbed for Reiss Nelson. Probably not for any other reason than Mikel Arteta wanting a bit more pace and width. He got it. What a way for the Arsenal boy turned man to say ‘hi, I’m back’…

A shout out for Aaron Ramsdale too because he made a number of superb saves at crucial moments in the match. It’s easy to say that’s his job but he was superb. Arsenal were superb but only after going two goals down. A mention for the fans too because despite seeing their team concede two sloppy goals, they didn’t give up either.

What a game, what a comeback and what a result….

Lastly, here’s another short clip of a number of Arsenal fans after the game….


Catch up in the comments….