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Arsenal rescues point in 3-3 draw against Bournemouth

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Arsenal mounted a dramatic comeback from three goals down to rescue a point from a spirited Bournemouth side.

The hosts started with vigor, scoring twice in the opening minutes, taking an early lead as Charlie Daniels cut inside Hector Bellerin and stroked a shot past on-rushing keeper Petr Cech.

Callum Wilson then converted a penalty to extend Bournemouth’s lead and Ryan Fraser sent a shot through Cech’s legs for the Cherries’ third just before the hour.

The Gunners had looked set to leave Dean Court empty handed and appear headed for their third consecutive defeat away from the Emirates stadium. Bue when the 70th minute came Alexis Sanchez headed in at the far post from an Olivier Giroud flick.

The game appeared to have a dramatic shift entirely to Arsenal’s favour with Sanchez’s goal, and by riding the momentum, Arsenal bagged their second just five minutes later when substitute Lucas Perez volleyed into the far corner.

With eight minutes left, Simon Francis went into a full-blooded challenge with Aaron Ramsey that referee Michael Oliver deemed harsh enough for a straight red. Down to 10 men, Bournemouth, who was retreating deeper and deeper, desperately tried to hang on.

As the hosts slowly buckled under Arsenal’s pressure, the game went into the 92nd minute when Granit Xhaka delivered a cross that Giroud, towering above Steve Cook, headed beyond Artur Boruc.

Their defending flaws notwithstanding, Arsenal displayed strength in character as they managed to muster resilience that kept them fighting – with extra credit given that this was their second fixture in the space of two days.

Thanks to their spirited comeback, the Gunners would also earn a precious point – although it appear an almost pointless gain as Chelsea equaled their record of 13 Preimer League wins and continue to stretch their lead at the top the Premier League table.

Man City moves up to second place with victory over Gunners

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Manchester City moved up to second in the Premier League table as Arsenal squandered a lead to lose 2-1 for the second successive game.

Theo Walcott’s cool fifth-minute finish from Alexis Sanchez’s pass put the Gunners in control just five mintues after the match began.

But as they had been at Everton on Tuesday, they were overpowered again in the second half. As Leroy Sane equalized with a run on to David Silva’s pass to beat Petr Cech not two minutes after the break, Arsenal was left appealing in vain for offside.

The Gunners could only lament their fate as City’s winner came 19 minutes from time, as Raheem Sterling took hold of Kevin de Bruyne’s brilliant over-the-shoulder pass to arrow a low finish past Cech at his near post.

The victory could finally bolster City’s title ambitions once more following a poor run of results. Although they are still seven points behind league leaders Chelsea, they completed a damaging double for Arsenal as the Gunners now lies nine points behind Antonio Conte’s side.

Against Tony Pulis’s West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea needed just a single strike by Diego Costa in the second half to maintain the Blues’ winning run. It was Costa’s 13th goal this season – one ahead of his finally tally in the last – and also the 11th win in succession for Chelsea – a club record.

On the other hand, third-placed Liverpool could also leapfrog City should they win the Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park tonight.