Gunners stage remarkable fightback to salvage point

Arsenal's Lucas Perez shoots to score his side's second goal against Bournemouth.
Arsenal's Lucas Perez shoots to score his side's second goal against Bournemouth. Andrew Matthews

FOOTBALL: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised his team's battling qualities after a remarkable fightback earned the Gunners a 3-3 English Premier League draw at Bournemouth.

Arsenal put in a lacklustre performance and was 3-0 down with 20 minutes remaining before coming to life.

Bournemouth moved into a 2-0 half-time lead before Ryan Fraser added a third after the break.

The visitors looked all at sea before goals from Alexis Sanchez and Lucas Perez set up a grandstand finish.

Bournemouth looked as if it would hold on but an Olivier Giroud header deep in injury time rescued a point for the fourth-placed Gunners.

"It was not a result we wanted before the game but at 3-0 down we'd have signed for 3-3,” Wenger said.

"I believe we refused to lose. There's a great resilience in the team and we saw that today.

"Defensively we had some weaknesses tonight that were unusual and in some positions at the back we suffered.”

Swansea City's new manager Paul Clement had a winning start to his career with the Welsh club with a hard-fought 2-1 success at Crystal Palace.

The Swans deservedly led at half-time thanks to Alfie Mawson's first goal for the club.

Palace equalised thanks to a spectacular Wilfried Zaha volley but the Swans struck back to move off the bottom of the league thanks to a first goal in three years for full-back Angel Rangel.

Stoke City beat Watford 2-0 to consolidate a mid-table place thanks to goals from Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch either side of half-time.

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