The Independent London Newspaper
22nd February 2017

IN THE GROVE: Gunners’ steel prevails

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    by STEVE BARNETT

    ARSENE Wenger praised the “fighting spirit” that his Arsenal side showed on Tuesday when they came from 3-0 down to rescue a point in injury time at Bournemouth. 

    The Gunners’ boss added that his side had “refused to lose” the Premier League outing at Dean Court, which saw the visitors battle back to 3-3 thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez, Lucas Perez and Olivier Giroud.

    The comeback was aided by the dismissal of Cherries’ defender Simon Francis, who was sent off following a challenge on Aaron Ramsey in the 82nd minute. 

    “I thought that we suffered defensively,” Wenger admitted after the game. 

    “Bournemouth looked sharper than us at the start, and were dangerous going forward.  

    “It took us a while to get into the game. 

    “It’s too uneven to have only two days to play against a team with over three days rest. 

    “On top of that, we were a bit unlucky to concede a penalty. 

    “With 70 minutes played we were 3-0 down. So it was a mental test, but we succeeded because we have a great resilience in the team and great mental strength. 

    “We missed some good opportunities, like a corner into the hands of the keeper late on. Instead of an in-swinger we should’ve taken an out-swinger. 

    “In the end we are frustrated not to win the game.” 

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