Arsenal matchwinner Nelson: I almost hit it with other foot

Reiss Nelson admits a split-second decision to switch feet allowed him to score Arsenal’s winning goal against Bournemouth.

In the final seconds, the ball dropped to Nelson on the edge of the box, and with the game as well as the chance to complete a two-goal comeback on the line, he chested it down before belting it into the net to send Emirates Stadium into delirium.

“It dropped onto my right,” he told arsenal.com. “I wanted to hit it with my laces on my right but I saw the defender coming out, so I decided to shift it onto my left and then just had to hit through it, aim for the top bins – something like that! I’m just happy it went in – I’m delighted with it.

“I didn’t start the game, but I came on with the instructions just to play forward, try and get as many one-on-one opportunities as I can to create something, and I did.”

Nelson was also keen to praise the supporters who kept backing the team even at 2-0 down.

“I think the stadium has been like this since the start of the season,” Nelson added. “Of course, when you get a late goal like that, everyone’s amongst it.

“It’s just amazing to celebrate with the supporters and the support we get, so hopefully we can carry it on for the next few games.”

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