Welbeck Bags Brace To Sink Saints

09 April, 2018, 01:25 | Author: Cary Erickson
  • Thierry Henry

Playing at home for a fifth successive outing, Arsene Wenger's side eventually prevailed in a see-saw contest to record their 150th league victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Welbeck, whose Arsenal career has been dogged by injury problems, shrugged off missing a glorious chance seconds before he headed home the victor nine minutes from time.

But Welbeck got the victor with a powerful downward header ten minutes before the end to bag the win for Arsenal, in a game which saw late dismissals for Jack Stephens and Mohamed Elneny.

Arsenal looked ragged and this time Tadic's attacking intent paid off, Long darting beyond Hector Bellerin before beating a dithering Shkodran Mustafi at the front post as Petr Cech was left to berate his team-mate.

Yet the opening goal only served to kick-start Wenger's side out of their slumbering state.

And Arsenal took the lead in the 38th minute as Alex Iwobi passed the ball to Danny Welbeck and he fired in a shot from the edge of the box which is deflected, Alex McCarthy could not do anything about it as the scoreline reflected 2 - 1. "Clearly we were quite prepared to allow Arsenal a lot of possession in front of us, but our intention was to counter quickly and put Shane Long in areas high up the field where we could get support to him".

Southampton chased an equaliser, Long and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg testing Cech, Wesley Hoedt forcing Elneny to clear his header off the line.

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Elneny then saw red for a hand in Cedric Soares' face straight after, but Hughes was convinced referee Andre Marriner should also have dismissed Wilshere.

Arsenal started the match with four wins on the trot fully expecting to make it five on a wet afternoon in front of swaths of empty seats and a awful atmosphere.

A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang strike and Danny Welbeck's brace gave the Gunners all three points in Sunday's game against the struggling Saints.

Southampton remain third-bottom, three points from safety but with a game in hand over Crystal Palace in 17th.

Welbeck had not scored for 16 Premier League games but the England striker proved he has not lost his touch with a superb performance.

Danny Welbeck both scored and assisted in a Premier League match for the first time since September (against Bournemouth), which was also the last time he netted a league goal.

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