What can you say about that?!
Arsenal hosted Bournemouth, who have been struggling this season and were 19th in the table before kick off – only 3 points from the bottom of the table.
So before the game, I think it would be safe to say most Arsenal fans thought this would be a routine win. Whatever that is.
But if this season has taught us anything, football is anything but predictable.
After 9 seconds, Bournemouth took the lead when (it has to be said) they pulled off a clever kick off routine, which was well finished by Billing.
Arsenal were caught cold and the only good thing was that there were still 90 plus minutes to go to get the 2 goals we needed to get the 3 points. Unfortunately for all the possession, Bournemouth were relatively comfortable at keeping us at bay.
And then on the hour mark, Bournemouth doubled their lead.
We were now faced with a situation where losing against a team who were second from bottom was a reality. And with Manchester City beating Newcastle earlier on in the day, the lead at the top of the Premier League table would have only been 2 points.
But as we know from this young Arteta side, they are fearless.
Thomas Partey scored on 62 minutes, and then White equalised on 70.
It was a good comeback, but even a draw would feel like a defeat in the circumstances.
The last 20 minutes were tense and the officials gave us 6 minutes of injury time. And then those 6 minutes were up and it was still 2-2.
Had Arsenal blow it? Were Arsenal going to be called bottle merchants?
In the final passages of play, Zinchenko had a cross-shot deflected behind for a corner, which Saka sent in. It was headed away by a Bournemouth player, and was chested by Reiss Nelson. The trajectory of the ball took it onto his weaker foot, and if he needed to produce a moment of magic it was now. And with his left foot, he only went and smashed the ball into the top corner.
You couldn’t make this up!
The players, coaching staff and fans went absolutely ballistic! I screamed the house down! I don’t think there will be moment as important as this one – simply in terms of keeping the momentum and positively around the club.
Make no mistake about it, a draw today would have been absolutely devastating.
But what did you make of the game? Are you starting to believe? Leave your thoughts in the comments section!