Gary O’Neil hailed Arsenal because the ‘finest group within the Premier League’ after his Bournemouth aspect suffered a heartbreaking defeat on the Emirates Stadium and insists he has no drawback with the Gunners’ jubilant celebrations.
Relegation-battlers Bournemouth regarded set to stun Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday after going 2-0 up with round 35 minutes remaining.
The guests scored the second quickest aim in Premier League historical past to take the lead after simply 9 seconds by way of Philip Billing, and doubled their benefit after the break by way of Marco Senesi.
It might have been a dream afternoon for the Bournemouth followers in north London however Arsenal quickly levelled the match as Thomas Partey and Ben White scored two targets in eight minutes.
Regardless of the fightback, it nonetheless appeared as if Bournemouth would safe a doubtlessly precious level till Reiss Nelson rifled house a dramatic winner within the 97th minute.
The end result leaves Arsenal 5 factors away from second-placed Manchester Metropolis, whereas Bournemouth stay second from backside, one level from security.
O’Neil admitted it was a ‘devastating’ consequence for his group however stated the Cherries might take coronary heart from the actual fact they nearly produced an upset in opposition to the ‘finest group within the Premier League’.
‘It’s devastating to lose in that means,’ he stated. ‘The way in which the boys went about it and the trouble they put in was very good.
‘It’s a tricky one to take however Arsenal are the very best group within the league. I don’t assume many individuals would have anticipated us to come back right here and bother Arsenal however we did and we got here up simply quick.
‘We carried out nicely above what you would possibly anticipate and deserved one thing from the sport.’
Numerous Arsenal substitutes and members of Mikel Arteta’s backroom employees ran on the pitch to have fun the dramatic winner, however O’Neil was not fussed by the scenes after the aim.
He added: ‘I’ve no remark to make on what Arsenal did. I shook palms with Mikel, it was a sport he wanted to win and I wanted one thing from it too.
‘We went to battle and he got here out on prime. They scored the aim, to allow them to have fun nevertheless they like.’
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