Ian Wright was delighted to see his former team’s late comeback win against Bournemouth on Saturday in the Premier League, and has told Match of the Day that Ben White’s strike was “brilliant” for the equaliser.
Wright said on the MOTD: “Ben White, that is a brilliant finish from there.”
Arsenal pulled off yet another dramatic win as they came from an unlikely 2-0 down against Bournemouth to claim all three points with the last kick of the game.
Mikel Arteta’s side looked set to lose ground in the Premier League title chase when relegation-threatened Bournemouth established a 2-0 lead at the Emirates Stadium.
The Cherries netted the second fastest goal in Premier League history – coming inside nine seconds – to leave Arsenal shell-shocked, before doubling their advantage on the hour mark.
But Arsenal responded brilliantly and levelled the thrilling Premier League clash through goals from Thomas Partey and Ben White, before substitute Reiss Nelson scored the winner with virtually the last kick of the game to send the Emirates ecstatic.
While Reiss Nelson’s display was all the more impressive, and grabbed all the headlines, and rightly so, it is probably fair to say that White has not got the full credit he deserves for his form at right-back.
White did not start the game, and was only introduced as a half-time substitute to replace an out-of-form Takehiro Tomiyasu, who looked incredibly shaky in the first 45 minutes.
The 25-year-old England international looked natural in the role as he continues to outshone Tomiyasu.
Above all, he met Nelson’s cross at the back post to score the much-needed equaliser with an exquisite first-time finish, which was clawed out by Neto from behind the line, but goal line technology confirmed the legitimacy of the goal.
Arsenal’s stunning comeback victory moves them five points clear of reigning champions Manchester City and 14 points clear of third-placed Manchester United, who have two games in hand.
Gunners boss Arteta also praised his side for ‘never giving up’ despite Bournemouth leading by two goals with around 30 minutes left on the clock.
Arsenal face Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League on Thursday night before continuing their Premier League title march next weekend against London rivals Fulham.