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Arsenal scored a stunning comeback victory, losing 2-0 at home to Bournemouth, but won 3-2 thanks to Reiss Nelson’s last kick of the game.

There will be some drama and pure chaos in this game, and the Gunners have maintained their five-point lead in the table.


Philip Billing scored just nine seconds later (the second fastest goal in Premier League history) to give Bournemouth a dream start and Marcos Senesi made it 2-0 at the start of half the season with the Cherries in dreamland.

But then Arsenal bounced back when Thomas Partey and Ben White scored in quick succession to secure a finish in the stands.

It looked like Arsenal would have to settle for a draw, but substitute Nelson delivered a stunning result, causing wild scenes at the Emirates.

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Mikel Arteta’s side maintain their lead in the Premier League, five points clear of second-placed Manchester City with 63 points. Bournemouth remain with 21 points and are in the relegation zone.

Fate is in the air as Arsenal score incredible comeback victory

The way Arsenal’s players, fans and staff celebrated Reiss Nelson’s thunderbolt is similar to the moment that title-winning teams have. A 2-0 loss with 28 minutes left in the chase for Bournemouth’s relegation, all signs indicated that today was not Arsenal’s day. But with 12 games left, there is a sense of destiny in this Gunners team. They recently bounced back to win at Aston Villa and scored more winning goals (three) in the 90th minute than any other Premier League side this season. Only nine seconds behind on the clock, they dominated the rest of that game and while it was brutal at Bournemouth, they can’t complain about the defeat. The replacements are working with Ben White and Reiss Nelson both scoring, everyone contributing (they have 14 different scorers, more than any other PL side this season) and the reaction to the loss to Manchester City in February was incredible with four wins in a row, everyone goes very differently. Mikel Arteta and this young Arsenal team are turning into a hungry, nasty winning machine, and the Gunners have an aura of destiny around them right now.

Mikel Arteta: “When it’s ugly and when it’s difficult, that’s what big teams do”

“It was crazy from the first second,” Arteta told the BBC’s Match of the Day. β€œWe kept trying and dominating the game. We had to climb the mountain, and we took it little by little. We had a hunger to go for the first goal. Since then, the atmosphere has changed. Reiss Nelson played little due to injury. He comes and puts on this performance. It was incredible to experience emotions with the crowd. It will stay with us. I will remember this day for several things. I liked the initiative, the courage, their individuality and the way they succeeded. When it’s ugly and when it’s hard, that’s what big teams do. We must make it easy for ourselves. But this is the Premier League. The opponents are good and they make it harder for you. Now we have the Europa League – there are many games ahead. We need everyone at their best.”

Arsenal hero Reiss Nelson hums after superb goal

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Thomas Party: Took Arsenal out of midfield and popped out with a huge goal to start a comeback.

Philip Billing: Scored an early goal and took Bournemouth out when they counter-attacked.

Oleksandr Zinchenko: Handled the ball so calmly in key moments and never stopped trying to find a forward pass.

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What’s next?

Arsenal will travel to Sporting Lisbon on Thursday to play in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League round of 16 before traveling to Fulham on Sunday. Bournemouth host Liverpool on Saturday.

How to watch Arsenal vs Bournemouth live, stream link and start time

TOClosed: 10:00 AM ET, Saturday
TV channel: Peacock
Online: Broadcast via Peacock Premium

ON AN ONGOING BASIS – Arsenal 3-2 Bournemouth: Amazing scenes at the Emirates. Everyone from Arsenal’s point of view is going crazy. It was brutal with Bournemouth, but Arsenal were a much better team. They found a way to do it. Wow. Just wow.

GOALLLL! THEY DID IT. Reiss Nelson scores a field goal. They did it. Fans, staff and players go crazy. Arsenal 3-2 Bournemouth.

Gabriel Martinelli shoots a little further. Bournemouth are exhausted here.

GOALLLL! Ben White makes it 2-2. His kick is for the line. Chaos. Arsenal 2-2 Bournemouth. Plenty of time for Arsenal to get a winner here.

GOALLLL! Thomas Party pulls one back. It’s 2-1. He pops out from behind the rear post to finish off a header from Emil Smith Rowe. 28 minutes left. Buckle up.

GOALLLL! 2:0 in favor of Bournemouth. Marcos Senesi finishes from a corner. Nightmare for Arsenal. Absolute scenes at the far end.

Bournemouth is holding up well so far. Arsenal are disappointed.

There is a second half. Can Arsenal find a couple of goals to turn the tide? Surely they will.

BREAK – Arsenal 0-1 Bournemouth: An incredible start to this game as Billing’s goal took the Cherries ahead nine seconds later. Arsenal had plenty of ball but failed to convert big chances and Bournemouth nearly scored again on the counterattack. What loud talk about the team and 45 minutes ahead of Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal are trying to level the score before the break. Bournemouth is holding on.

A handball scream and VAR checks for a possible Arsenal penalty but the ball hit Chris Mepham’s shoulder and shoulder when he missed heading into the box. Nervous moment for Bournemouth but no penalty.

Leandro Trossard hobbles as Emile Smith Rowe takes the field. It’s great to see ESR back in action after such a long absence due to injury. Trossard has been great in recent weeks so this is a blow to Arsenal.

KEEP!!! What a huge stop at Aaron Ramsdale. Bournemouth were clean after a brilliant counter-attack, but Ramsdale ran out of his line to block Ouattra’s shot. Arsenal fans shout Ramsdale’s name loud and proud.

Let me remind you that although this goal was ridiculously fast, it is not the fastest goal in Premier League history. Shane Long has the same record for several years when he played for Southampton against Watford. He scored just over seven seconds.

KEEP! A brilliant double stop from Neto to pick up Martin Odegaard and then a rebound by Bukayo Saka. Arsenal responded well to this massive shock.

GOALLLL! INCREDIBLE. Bournemouth 1:0, only 9 (NINE) seconds on the clock. Billing crosses and Arsenal can’t believe it. Arteta looks stunned. Bournemouth tried to do something very unusual from the very beginning when everyone lined up on one side and they played on the other side and scored. Wow. Who could have predicted this launch?

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