Reiss Nelson went on to score a dramatic winner in the 97th minute which helped Arsenal overcome a two-goal deficit to beat AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.
This allowed Arsenal to re-establish a five-point gap between them and Manchester City at the top of the BPL. Bournemouth’s Philip Billing opened the scoresheet with the second-fastest goal in the history of this division, after just 9.11 seconds. This gave the visitors, who have been battling relegation, some much-needed hope before Marcos Senesi converted a 57th-minute corner to extend the lead. But, the lead was soon halved by Arsenal’s Thomas Partey who scored a close-range goal in the 62nd minute before Nelson crossed for Ben White to simply slot in another goal in the 70th minute.
Reiss Nelson’s Winner Gives Arsenal Some Consolidation At The Top
While it did seem that Arsenal would be bottling the match to the title race, Bournemouth only managed to clear a corner kick from Martin Odegaard, where Reiss Nelson took aim and scored his first goal in the Premier League since October- which sparked up the celebrations at the Emirates Stadium.
The atmosphere inside the stadium was also quite euphoric, for everyone had expected Arsenal to win this match easily and so this epic comeback by the team made the win all the sweeter. After Nelson scored the winner, the backroom staff of the club flooded the pitch, whilst the fans kept looking at each other in disbelief over what had just happened.
On the surface, there was nothing special about beating Bournemouth at home- who are 19th in the league. But the way the team went around achieving it- coming back from a two-goal deficit, will inject some confidence into the title contenders. And if Reiss Nelson’s goal has anything to say, it is that the Gunners will play with their lives till the final whistle goes off.