That's it from me, James Eagles. Thank you so much for joining me - we must do it again soon.
What a game, a Premier League classic. Bournemouth looked as if they were coasting to victory, a victory that would have been historic - the first one over Arsenal.
As good as the hosts were, Arsenal were very poor and had to rally hard to get anything out of the game tonight. Giroud was the man who helped drag Arsenal back, with two assists and the all important equaliser.
Questions will undoubtedly be asked in both dressing rooms. How did Arsenal get into that mess in the first place, and how did Bournemouth let that slip?
FULL TIME: BOURNEMOUTH 3-3 ARSENAL
90+5: Foul by Xhaka on Arter in Bournemouth's half.
90+4: CHANCE! Arter tests Cech. Bournemouth are coming back!
They've done it! Xhaka's ball in is met by the head of Olivier Giroud - who grabs another important goal this season! He bullied Cook in the air and it crept in. Still four minutes to go!
90+2: GOAL FOR ARSENAL!!!!
SIX MINUTES OF ADDED TIME
90: SUBSTITUTION: Wilson (OFF), Smith (ON)
Bournemouth have one change remaining.
89: Corner for Arsenal, but Boruc claims it.
86: Boruc is booked for time-wasting.
86: CHANCE! Sanchez lifts a ball up to Ramsey who tries to swivel and shoot, but just scuffs it on the volley.
85: The Arsenal fans are rocking now.
84: Corner for Arsenal. Oxlade-Chamberlain takes, but it's scrambled clear. The ball comes back in, it's another corner.
Francis is the man to go, for a horrific, scissor challenge on Ramsey. Bournemouth's task gets even harder....
83: RED CARD FOR BOURNEMOUTH
82: CHANCE! What play by Gosling. Francis played it into Smith, who fed Gosling. He did so well to turn Giroud on a sixpence, but rushed the finish.
80: Mustafi has been booked, but hasn't gone off. I must've dreamt the first one.
What a finish by Perez! Xhaka fizzed a ball into Giroud, who caressed it towards the Spaniard. He met it with a piercing volley on the angle and rifled it into the corner of the net. What scenes we have, what a finish we have!
75: GOAL FOR ARSENAL!
74: Sanchez is caught for handball in a very dangerous situation. Chance gone.
73: Giroud has a go from range, but Boruc collects.
At last, and of course, it's Sanchez. Oxlade-Chamberlain's inviting cross was flicked on by Giroud and finished off by the Sanchez for his 15th of the season.
70: GOAL FOR ARSENAL!
69: The ball is worked over to Alexis Sanchez. His cross in is greeted with a woeful overhead kick attempt by Giroud, he misses the ball totally. Maybe trying to one-up his Palace goal.
67: SUBSTITUTION: Fraser (OFF), Smith (ON)
Bournemouth have two changes remaining.
67: Fraser is down.
64: SUBSTITUTION: Koscielny (OFF), Gabriel (ON)
Arsenal have no changes remaining.
63: SUBSTITUTION: Iwobi (OFF), LUCAS (ON)
Arsenal have one changes remaining.
61: Stanislas tests Cech with the resulting set-piece.
60: Mustafi is booked for fouling King.
59: CHANCE! Sanchez tries to get an instant response, but his shot is deflected wide. Corner comes to nothing.
Can you believe it? If you've watched the game, yes. Bournemouth have been much better than Arsenal, and Ryan Fraser makes it three. Daniels slipped a ball down the left towards the Scot, who outmuscled Bellerin before finishing from a tight angle.
58: GOAL FOR BOURNEMOUTH
A loose ball fell to Arter - his half-volley cannoned off the arm of Wilson and nestled in the net. No goal.
56: DISALLOWED GOAL FOR BOURNEMOUTH
55: Arsenal keep knocking on the door, but there's no way through.
54: The big man reenters the fray.
52: Giroud is now down, in some discomfort after making a tackle.
52: Ramsey tries to weave his way through, but is halted at the last.
51: Corner to Arsenal.
50: Giroud tries to get his header towards goal, but Cook does enough to distract him.
49: Arsenal have started the second half relatively brightly.
KICK OFF: We're back underway!
What a start from Eddie Howe's side. They roared past an insipid Arsenal side that are feeling the effects of two games in three days - which needs to be looked at.
HALF-TIME: BOURNEMOUTH 2-0 ARSENAL
45+3: Free-kick to Bournemouth. Iwobi gives the ball away carelessly and Ramsey has to drag down King to stop the situation from getting worse. He's booked.
45+2: CHANCE! Bournemouth finishing strongly. Stanislas whips a shot wide of the post from 25 yards.
45+1: Ake was just allowed to bring the ball, unchallenged for a good 60 yards. The move he started ends with Stanislas nudging Monreal to the ground whilst challenging for a cross.
44: Steve Cook gets a booking for a previous felony.
41: CHANCE! Arsenal come forward again. Bellerin slips in the advancing Oxlade-Chamberlain. His cross finds Iwobi, and Francis has to make a vital tackle to put the Nigerian off. It works.
38: Sanchez whips a cross in, but again, no one is attacking it. He shrugs his shoulders.
37: Bournemouth have just edged possession 51% to 49%. They've certainly done more with it.
35: Good work from Bournemouth. Daniels cuts the ball back to King. In turn, he tees up Arter, but his shot is sliced. And he's now down, receiving treatment.
34: Cook plays a first time ball up towards Wilson, and Mustafi has to make an inch-perfect intervention to prevent him.
33: Monreal is limping, making matters even worse for Arsenal.
32: The free-kick is eventually claimed by Cech.
31: Bellerin scythes down Fraser and becomes the first man to be booked.
29: CHANCE! Better from Arsenal. Sanchez finds Ramsey who turns and fires, it nicks off of Daniels and goes behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.
28: SUBSTITUTION: Coquelin (OFF), Oxlade-Chamberlain (ON)
Arsenal have two changes remaining.
28: And now Josh King has gone down.
27: It looks as if Coquelin's race is run, he's heading down the tunnel.
26: Coquelin is down, seemingly with a hamstring problem.
Wilson dispatches the kick, straight down the middle with power.
21: GOAL TO BOURNEMOUTH!
What on earth are Arsenal doing? Xhaka pushed Fraser over in the box, and he wasn't even heading towards goal - Oliver has no option but to point to the spot. It all came from a mess on halfway, and Wenger's side have not turned up tonight.
20: PENALTY TO BOURNEMOUTH!!
It's Charlie Daniels! Stanislas caught Bellerin napping with a stunning ball - he'd left Daniels in acres of space. Credit to the full-back though, he did well to cut back inside the Spaniard and calmly beat Cech at his near post. It had been coming!
16: GOAL FOR BOURNEMOUTH!
16: Bournemouth come forward, but Koscielny boots Stanislas' cut back away.
12: Penalty appeal for Bournemouth as Cech clawed the ball away from Wilson. Looked fair, and Michael Olivier agrees.
12: Bournemouth are holding the ball, for now.
10: And now a corner for Arsenal. Bournemouth looking compact and organised when needed. But Xhaka's delivery is not his best.
9: Corner is taken short and is played back to Stanislas. Tries his luck from 30 yards, but Cech holds his powerful effort with ease.
9: Corner for Bournemouth.
8: Foul by Giroud on Arter in the centre circle.
7: Wilson tries to get in behind but is caught offside.
5: King tries a low shot from distance, but it evades Cech's far post.
4: Sanchez tries to thread a cute pass into the path of Ramsey, but Boruc is alert and smothers the ball.
3: Arsenal's first foray forward ends with Iwobi running into a dead end after some patient play. Ake clears.
2: Advanced throw-in on the left for Bournemouth.
1: Early free-kick to Arsenal deep in their defensive half.
KICK OFF: We're underway!
Here come the teams.
UPDATE: Benik Afobe has reportedly pulled out of DR Congo's AFCoN squad, but is still unable to play tonight.
Similarly, three changes for Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey comes in for Lucas Perez on the wing, with Iwobi playing in the centre. Francis Coquelin returns in the centre of midfield and there's a welcome return for Shkodran Mustafi, after three weeks out.
Three changes for Bournemouth tonight. It was widely known that Jack Wilshere is ineligible to play against his former club, but Andrew Surman and former Gunner Benik Afobe also miss out - the latter not even making the bench tonight; it's unsure as to whether he will be going to the African Cup of Nations or not.
In come Dan Gosling, Callum Wilson and Josh King.
The teams are in for tonight:
|GK||Artur BORUC||GK||Petr CECH|
|RB||Simon FRANCIS||RB||Hector BELLERIN|
|CB||Steve COOK||CB||Shkodran MUSTAFI|
|CB||Nathan AKE||CB||Laurent KOSCIELNY|
|LB||Charlie DANIELS||LB||Nacho MONREAL|
|CM||Harry ARTER||CM||Francis COQUELIN|
|CM||Dan GOSLING||CM||Granit XHAKA|
|RM||Junior STANISLAS||RM||Aaron RAMSEY|
|AM||Ryan FRASER||AM||Alex IWOBI|
|LM||Joshua KING||LM||Alexis SANCHEZ|
|ST||Callum WILSON||ST||Olivier GIROUD|
|SUB||Adam FEDERICI||SUB||David OSPINA|
|SUB||Tyrone MINGS||SUB||Ainsley MAITLAND-NILES|
|SUB||Brad SMITH||SUB||Rob HOLDING|
|SUB||Andrew SURMAN||SUB||Jeff REINE-ADELAIDE|
|SUB||Jordon IBE||SUB||Alex OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN|
Join me from 6:45pm as the teams are announced for live and uninterrupted coverage of Bournemouth v Arsenal. You won't want to miss it.
Predicted Bournemouth line-up (4-2-3-1): Boruc; Francis, S. Cook, Ake, Daniels; Arter, Surman; Stanislas, King, Fraser; Afobe.
Predicted Arsenal line-up (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Xhaka; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Sanchez; Giroud
Meanwhile, Arsenal's unavailable list is growing. Mesut Ozil is expected to miss out for the second game running with illness, the likes of Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck and Kieran Gibbs are all also injured. With the exception of Cazorla, all are expected back by the end of the month.
Mohamed Elneny is also out, he's now on African Cup of Nations duty with Egypt.
Bournemouth are without both Marc Pugh and the promising Lewis Cook - with hamstring and ankle injuries respectively; both are expected back throughout the course of this month.
But their biggest loss has to be Jack Wilshere - unavailable for selection due to his loan move from Arsenal.
This is just the fifth competitive meeting between the two sides in their history - let's take a look at the other four.
|21.10.1987||Littlewoods Challenge Cup||Arsenal||Bournemouth||3-0|
|28.12.2015||Barclays Premier League||Arsenal||Bournemouth||2-0|
|7.2.2016||Barclays Premier League||Bournemouth||Arsenal||0-2|
As mentioned earlier, a win for Arsenal would see them climb back into the top 3, at the expense of Manchester City - who won yesterday - and drop Liverpool into their clutches. Jurgen Klopp's side could only muster a draw away to Sunderland. However, if they fail to claim anything from the game, North London rivals Tottenham could pounce, if they beat Chelsea tomorrow night. And title ambitions could be as good as gone.
It's a fact that has slipped under the radar of most; Bournemouth are 9th. Within the hustle and bustle of the Premier League this season, Eddie Howe's side have gone about their business diligently, and are reaping the rewards. A defeat by more that one goal would see them fall down to 10th behind Southampton, and a win would push them up to within two points of 8th placed West Brom.
As for Arsenal, they greeted the New Year in stunning fashion, recording a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, made memorable by Oliver Giroud's breathtaking, mind-boggling scorpion kick. Alex Iwobi also got his name on the scoresheet in the second half - and both are expected to start tonight.
Bournemouth are yet to have played in 2017, but ended 2016 emphatically, with a comfortable 3-0 away win over the seemingly doomed Swansea City, courtesy of goals by Benik Afobe, Ryan Fraser and Josh King.
Good evening and welcome to VAVEL's live coverage of Arsenal's first away game of 2017, as AFC Bournemouth are the hosts for tonight's encounter at the Vitality Stadium. Once again, I'm your correspondent, James Eagles. Can Arsenal reassume their position above Manchester City, and also move within one point of Liverpool tonight? Only a win will do.