Flimsy before halftime, fabulous by the end; Arsenal revealed the split personality that has undermined so many of its Premier League title attempts as it snatched an unforgettable 3-3 draw at Bournemouth on Tuesday.

Out-battled for an hour by its modest south coast opponent, Arsenal belatedly sparked into life and Olivier Giroud's glancing header two minutes into stoppage time completed its remarkable recovery from 3-0 down.

It was the first time Arsene Wenger's side had recovered from such a deficit to draw in the Premier League and while it remained fourth, eight points adrift of leader Chelsea which has played a game less, it could yet prove to be pivotal moment in the Gunners' season as defeat would have been a hammer blow.