Arsenal needed to dig deep in the second half to rally to a comeback as they drew 3-3 with Bournemouth on Tuesday night.
With a genuine title challenge within their sights, Arsenal knew that they did not have the luxury of losing this game and opening a large lead for Chelsea at the top of the table. Yet, within twenty minutes, Bournemouth were two goals ahead.
Charlie Daniels cut past Arsenal right back, Hector Bellerin, who had a truly awful game last night and scored despite Petr Cech making himself big.
Calum Wilson doubled the lead four minutes later from the penalty spot and in the 58th minute, Fraser added a third, seemingly putting the result beyond doubt. Alexis Sanchez changed the complexion of the game when he scored a header in the 70th minute.
Lucas Perez scored a sheer beauty five minutes later to reduce the deficit and the Gunners were helped along the way when Simon Francis was shown red for a challenge on Aaron Ramsey.
Olivier Giroud completed the comeback in added time as the match ended 3-3.
“It was a physical and mental test – they started much faster but we showed we are mentally strong,” Wenger said after the game.
“At 3-0 down after 70 minutes you’d take a point, but in the end we were frustrated not to win the game.”