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Bournemouth v Arsenal match report and manager comments

No shortage of goals as hosts Bournemouth draw Arsenal 3-3.

It was game to remember for both sets of supporters as Bournelouth and Arsenal both picked the ball out of their net multiple times. To the delight of the home crowd, it was the hosts who entered the break on the winning end of a 2-0 scoreline. However, Arsenal came roaring back and the two sides would end even on the scoreboard just as they began, with a final score of 3-3.

Referee Michael Oliver was at the heart of the action as he gave a red card to Bournemouth’s Simon Francis forcing them to play a man down for the last 8 minutes of regulation time. However, Arsenal committed the majority of the fouls, finishing with 12 fouls compared to only 10 by Bournemouth. Despite the foul difference, both teams finished the game with three yellow cards.

Though even on the scoreboard, Arsenal out-shot Bournemouth 14-12, though they found the target only four times compared to six by the hosts. Arsenal finished the game with seven corner kicks, while Bournelouth took four.

What the managers said

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe after match comments

“It’s a strange one for us. At 3-0 up you hope the game is over but you can’t underestimate the quality of Arsenal and as soon as they got the first goal the game changed. “We didn’t see the game out in an effective manner from our perspective but you have to praise their resilience.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after match comments

“At the start we suffered from the quality of Bournemouth. One team had over three days to recover and on top of that we suffered at the back. “It was a physical test but we came back into the game and we showed we are mentally strong. I am happy to play every day but only if our opponent has done the same.”