Olivier Giroud scored a dramatic leveller then surveyed the enthralling 3-3 draw with Bournemouth and admitted: We could have won it at the end.
The Gunners pulled off an amazing comeback in a pulsating Premier League clash at the Vitality Stadium and rescued a point in injury time after trailing 3-0.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, fancied by many fans and critics to be an ideal successor to Arsene Wenger, saw his side romp into the lead with goals from Charlie Daniels, a
Callum Wilson penalty and a Ryan Fraser tap-in.
But Alexis Sanchez scored with a diving and then Lucas Perez smashed him a left-footed volley before the Cherries were reduced to 10 men when Simon Francis was shown a red card for a challenge on Aaron Ramsey.
Arsene Wenger’s frantic stars pressed for an equaliser as the game drew to a close and Giroud, who scored a wonder scorpion-kick goal in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day, came up with another classic goal on 92 minutes.
It wasn’t so much the execution of the goal, but the importance of the leveller that made it so remarkable as he headed in at the far post to then celebrate with a scorpion-kick style dance.
And the France striker said:
“I was sure we could have scored the winner. When you are 3-0 down and come back, it shows strong character. We always play our game and believe in our qualities, so it was good to come back.”
“It’s a shame that we conceded three goals like that. We should not have made these kinds of mistakes. We wanted to come back after half-time and we did well all together, but it’s very frustrating. Hopefully we’ll learn from our mistakes.”