1/4/2017 1:02:00 AM

Giroud earns Arsenal a point

Giroud earns Arsenal a point

LONDON: Olivier Giroud's stoppage-time header earned Arsenal an unlikely 3-3 draw at Bournemouth on Tuesday after they had trailed 3-0 with 70 minutes on the clock.

The visitors were outplayed in the first half, going behind to a superb goal by Charlie Daniels after 16 minutes before Callum Wilson made it 2-0 from the penalty spot shortly after.

There was more urgency about Arsenal in the second half but they found themselves 3-0 down when Ryan Fraser got away with a shove on Hector Bellerin before cutting in to beat Petr Cech.

The comeback began when Alexis Sanchez headed in from close range and gathered steam when substitute Lucas Perez planted a sweetly-timed left-foot volley past keeper Artur Boruc.

Bournemouth's jitters increased when skipper Simon Francis was sent off for a clumsy tackle on Aaron Ramsey after 82 minutes.

Arsenal swarmed all over the tiring hosts in the closing stages and two minutes into stoppage time Giroud's glancing header crept inside the post to level it up.

Even then both sides had chances to win an absorbing match but Arsenal had to settle for the point that kept them in fourth place with 41 points.

Elsewhere, Stoke City blanked Watford 2-0 and Swansea defeated Crystal Palace 2-1.


Bournemouth 3 (Daniels 16, Wilson 21-pen, Fraser 58) Arsenal 3 (Sanchez 70, Perez 75, Giroud 90+2)

Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 83) Swansea 2 (Mawson 42, Rangel 88)

Stoke 2 (Shawcross 45+3, Crouch 49) Watford 0

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