Reiss Nelson’s last-minute heroics helped Arsenal pull off a remarkable comeback against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday. The 23-year-old winger scored the winner with the last kick of the game to secure a dramatic 3-2 victory for the Gunners.
Arsenal looked to be in trouble when they found themselves 2-0 down, but Nelson’s game-changing impact helped Mikel Arteta’s side turn the game around. The youngster was in scintillating form, with 100% pass accuracy, 100% shot accuracy, and 100% take-ons completed. He had 23 touches, made five crosses, created two chances, and had two shots on target, scoring one goal and providing one assist.
The win was one of the Arsenal’s most important of the season so far, and Arteta was full of praise for his team. “This is the best game I have managed at Arsenal,” he said. “There were a lot of players that stepped up today to a level that I have never seen before, especially in difficult moments. The subs made a huge, huge impact.”
According to Squawka data, the Gunners had 77 touches inside the opposition box, the most by any side in a Premier League game since Manchester City had 87 against Norwich in July 2020. They also had 31 shots, the most Arsenal have had in a Premier League match since December 2017.
Nelson’s future at the club is uncertain as his contract is set to expire in June. However, he expressed his desire to stay at the club after his match-winning performance. “I’ve been here all my life. Arsenal means a lot to me,” he said.
The win takes Arsenal to 5 points clear of Manchester City after 26 league games with 63 points so far on the Premier League table, and with 15 different goalscorers this season, they have the most in the league.
Arteta will hope that his team can build on this result and confidence to comeback from any situation and win the Premier League 22/23 title.