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Arsenal come from three down to rescue dramatic point at Bournemouth

Mohamed Elneny is on worldwide duty with Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations, Danny Welbeck is still making his way to full fitness from a long-term injury, while Wenger will take a late call on Mesut Ozil, who missed the Crystal Palace game through illness. On loaned Jack Wilshere will have to sit this one out against his parent club.

The striker, fresh from his stunning "scorpion" goal against Crystal Palace on Sunday, was able to continue after treatment.

"At least we came back, showed great mental strength and I will take it".

Josh King's speculative effort went just wide before a powerful Junior Stanislas shot from distance was straight at Petr Cech.

Bournemouth fans were upset when Wilson went down in the area under a Cech challenge but television replays suggested the Arsenal goalkeeper had got a touch on it.

Arsenal were hugely fortunate to escape with any points however, after a horrendous 60-minute showing.

A clumsy looking tackle from Xhaka was penalised with a penalty and second goal and I had no complaints about that until an nearly identical and even more blatant push by Fraser on Bellerin in the build up to their 58th minute third went unpunished. Callum Wilson converted from the spot, putting the Cherries up 2-0.

Indeed, it nearly got worse for the Gunners before the break, with Stanislas bending a shot inches wide of Cech's left-hand post from 20 yards in stoppage time at the end of the half.




Arsenal came out in the second half with a real objective but Bournemouth weathered the initial storm.

Harry Arter had a goal ruled out owing to a questionable handball from Wilson.

Just before the hour mark, Eddie Howe's side made it 3-0, Fraser finishing neatly after a push on Bellerin.

The scampering Daniels latched onto the inch-perfect switch, cut inside a bemused Hector Bellerin and then buried a low shot past a stranded Cech.

Olivier Giroud opened scoring for the Gunners in the 17th minute with a superb back-heel kick, before the 20-year-old forward took the game beyond Palace in the 56th minute.

Perez then netted the goal of the game 15 minutes from time as he fired a perfectly placed left-footed volley into the corner, with Giroud again involved in the buildup.

Bournemouth: Lewis Cook and Marc Pugh remain out for the Cherries.

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