Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Danny Welbeck recovers from shock miss to save Arsenal against Southampton

Danny Welbeck recovers from shock miss to save Arsenal against Southampton

Nigeria global, Alex Iwobi, put up a good show on Sunday as he provided two assists that aided Arsenal's 3-2 win over Southampton in their Premier League clash at the Emirates.

As such, Arsene Wenger made a number of changes against the Saints, with only four players keeping their place from the 4-1 win v CSKA Moscow on Thursday.

Shane Long had rewarded Southampton's enterprising start when he nipped ahead of Shkodran Mustafi to end his goal-drought in the 17th minute.

The Gunners set about trying to draw level and, just 11 minutes later, Welbeck sent a clever flick from the right-hand edge of the box, past Soares and into the path of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who nudged the ball past Alex McCarthy.

Welbeck headed home the victor in the 81st minute to settle an eventful game at the Emirates, having previously made it 2-1 with a deflected shot in the first half.

Welbeck came up trumps as Arsenal walked away with all three points.

Both sides ended the match with 10 men after Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny and Southampton's Jack Stephens were sent off late on.

A precious point was there to be snaffled and, having ruined their first league game under Mark Hughes with a wretched collapse against West Ham last Saturday, that unfamiliar sensation Southampton were experiencing was a surge of optimism.

The striker superbly laid Aubameyang off to get the Gunners back in the game and Welbeck's brace has ultimately led to his side taking all three points.

Arsenal's English striker Danny Welbeck (R) celebrates with teammates scoring the team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second-leg football match between Arsenal and AC Milan at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 15, 2018.

The warning wasn't heeded as the visitors went 1-0 up ten minutes later after Shane Long grabbed his fourth career goal against Arsenal.

The 28-year-old has been directly involved in seven goals in the English top flight this season (six goals, one assist); this is more than any Arsenal player in their first seven appearances in the competition.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Welbeck said: "It's a competitive game, Saints are in a hard position, same as us".

"I personally feel for what we have gone through and the way we have recovered, this team deserves huge credit because we were questioned really".

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