Bournemouth 3-3 Arsenal

Arsenal found the ressources to combe back from a 3-0 hole to tue with a late Giroud equalizer. Coach Wenger speaks about his team’s mental strength:

“It was a physical test and a mental test for us. A physical test because we had problems to start to cope with the pace of Bournemouth. Defensively we had some problems and I think you have to acknowledge the quality of Bournemouth – congratulations to them. But as well, it’s too uneven to have only two days to play against a team with over three days rest. It took us a while to get back into the game. On top of that, we were a bit unlucky as well – to concede a penalty and after the third goal, for us, 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 and that came out. In the end you are even frustrated not to win the game. We missed some opportunities in the end. A corner into the hands of the goalkeeper, instead of taking an in-swinger we should’ve taken an out-swinger, these are the details that you have to keep composure and play until the last minute. That’s down to keeping your head cool.

The opponent scored three goals and that we conceded three goals, that’s what it says. I said that we suffered defensively tonight in some positions but they scored four against Liverpool here so they can score goals you know. It’s a team who is dangerous but I agree with you that defensively we had some weaknesses tonight that were unusual and in some positions at the back we suffered.We don’t really speak about us and we do not look around us at the moment. Your team is doing well but you can still lose it, so it’s just down to the other teams to continue to fight.

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