MARTIN KEOWN: The late winner against Bournemouth showed Arsenal will not give up… the title race with Man City title will go right to the wire but there’s a special feeling around Mikel Arteta’s side
- It’s impressive how Arsenal always refuse to compromise on their style of play
- The Gunners displayed their squad depth in the late win over Bournemouth
- Mikel Arteta must be credited for the subtitutions made against the Cherries
Arsenal’s winner with 96 minutes and 59 seconds on the clock sparked an explosion of emotions. Not only at the Emirates Stadium. But in the homes of every single Arsenal supporter, too.
My old colleague Ian Wright won’t have been the only one leaping off the sofa. Even Arsenal’s competitors, deep down, will have admired the spirit that was shown to come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2.
In 2003-04 — the last time Arsenal won the league — we fell behind to opponents in nine games. Yet we never accepted defeat. We never gave up. We won six of those games and drew the other three.
Every time we produced a comeback, it made us feel as if something special was happening. It brings you together as a group as you embark on a mystery tour that could end up being the journey of your life.
That is how Mikel Arteta’s players will be feeling now. The foundation of their success is built on belief and what’s so impressive is how they refuse to compromise their style of play. It’s intricate passing to the very end and no one in the league has picked up more points from losing positions than Arsenal’s 15 this season.
Arsenal’s winner with 96 mins and 59 seconds on the clock sparked an explosion of emotions
Academy graduate Reiss Nelson scored with the last kick of the game to win the game
Mikel Arteta must be credited for the game-changing substitutions made against the Cherries
What was pleasing for me was seeing a youth product in Reiss Nelson living the dream by scoring the winner. There have been rumblings that Arsenal’s squad isn’t strong enough to compete with Manchester City. I don’t think that argument can be made now. Every man is playing his part.
Emile Smith Rowe came off the bench and assisted Thomas Partey for Arsenal’s first goal. Nelson then replaced Smith Rowe and assisted the second and then scored the third himself. Credit must go to the manager for those inspired substitutions.
I do think this title race will go right to the wire. But Saturday’s late win sent a message — one which said Arsenal will never give up fighting.