Mikel Arteta reacts to Arsenal last-gasp win against Bournemouth
Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has reacted to Reiss Nelson’s 97th-minute winner against Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
The league leaders were stunned by Philip Billing 9.11 s strike – The Danish-Nigerian strike is the second fastest goal in the Premier League history.
Marcos Senesi’s 57th-minute header doubled Bournemouth’s advantage but Arsenal pulled level in eight minutes thanks to Thomas Partey, and Ben White’s 62nd, and 70 minutes goals.
And when it looked like Arsenal were going to drop a point, Reiss Nelson scored in the 97th minute to send the Emirates Stadium into pandemonium.
Arsenal’s staff flooded the pitch while fans stayed long after the final whistle to cheer their team as they re-established a five-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table.
“It’s probably the loudest and the most emotional moment that we have lived together,” Arteta, who was appointed Arsenal’s head coach in December 2019, said.
“The journey that we’ve been on together and how the supporters and the players are gliding together. Adding into that moment, it’s really special.”
Since losing to City on Feb. 15, Arsenal have beaten Aston Villa, Leicester City, Everton and Bournemouth. They lost Leandro Trossard to a first-half injury on Saturday but Nelson scored his first league goal since October to maintain their victorious run.
“Winning four games in the Premier League is very difficult and we have done three in a week, which is even harder,” Arteta said.
“We have done it in various ways and that should generate more belief. Today a lot of things went against the team.
“Our fault in the first [goal], then the fact we weren’t scoring, the situation with Leo [Trossard], the first set-play they had, they scored. The team still found a way to win the game and that is really positive.”