Date: 4th January 2017 at 11:02am
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Striker Olivier Giroud and goalkeeper Petr Cech have both been giving their thoughts following last night’s three all draw with Bournemouth.

Having fallen three goals down at Dean Court with a poor performance, Arsenal did rally and managed to level the scores through goals from Alexis Sanchez, Lucas Perez and Giroud himself and speaking after the match the French international is quoted by the Official Site as saying.

‘Honestly, I was sure we could have scored the winner. When you are 3-0 down and come back, it shows strong character. We always play our game and believe in our qualities, so it was good to come back. It`s a shame that we conceded three goals like that. We should not have made these kinds of mistakes. We wanted to come back after half-time and we did well all together, but it`s very frustrating. Hopefully we`ll learn from our mistakes today.’

For Giroud whilst his goal wasn’t as special as his scorpion the other day, it was just as important in his mind.

‘A goal is a goal. The scorpion goal was a good goal, and I`m pleased to have scored the equaliser today, but I`m still disappointed. It`s nice to be back in the game, but the way we played at the end against 10 men made me think that we should have done better. It`s like that. We came back, showed great mental strength and I will take that.’

And two points dropped.

‘We wanted to carry on our run after the two good games at home. We bounced back after two disappointing results and we wanted to keep that going. We had a bad start tonight, so we need to focus on that in our next game by not making the same mistakes. It`s a good point because it`s really hard to come back from 3-0 down.’

As for Cech, in his own post game interviews with the media he wanted to focus on the character shown by the side to come back into the game given the mountain we had to climb.

‘It`s a great reaction from the team. We were 3-0 down but we found a way to play our game, open them up and score goals. We were decisive in the final third and we showed great character to come back. There`s a big but, though, because the first 60 minutes was very disappointing from ourselves and it isn`t the win we wanted.’

Pressed on his thoughts about the first half performance and finding ourselves two goal down going into the halftime break, he ended by saying.

‘It was a combination. I don`t want to take anything away from Bournemouth because they were fighting for every inch of the pitch in the first half. They scored a goal, then won a penalty and I thought they outran us in the first half too. They played better than us but it was also a little down to us as well because we gave them too much space with the ball. We went 3-0 down in the second half but then we started doing exactly what we wanted to do.’

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