Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

'Exceptional' Welbeck hits double as Arsenal beat Southampton

'Exceptional' Welbeck hits double as Arsenal beat Southampton

Arsene Wenger has praised Arsenal's character and resolve to secure a 3-2 win over Southampton in a thrilling Premier League encounter at the Emirates Stadium.

Cedric Soares cross from the right did not look particularly unsafe, but goalkeeper Petr Cech and defender Shkodran Mustafi left it to each other and Long nipped in to poke home.

Defeat for Southampton leaves them in the relegation zone and three points from safety after they lost their early lead here. He did not give the Southampton defenders any time whatsoever and had a hand in all of Arsenal's goals.

A goal line clearance came early, with James Ward-Prowse taking a feed from Shane Long and beating Petr Cech but not Calum Chambers.

Danny Welbeck scored twice and set up the other as Arsenal ran out 3-2 winners against Southampton, with Jack Stephens and Mohamed Elneny both sent off late on.

Arsenal levelled just before the half-hour mark when Welbeck's clever flick allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to scuff the ball past the onrushing Alex McCarthy.

Charlie Austin restored parity for Southampton in the 73rd minute but Welbeck got the victor eight minutes later.

Welbeck should have grabbed the lead for the home side five minutes later but he failed to convert from with the net gaping.

The Frenchman has also underwhelmed this season and has only scored 10 times in 27 games; disappointing when you consider how prolific he was for Lyon in Ligue 1 last season. When Welbeck somehow contrived to scoop the ball over the bar from three yards soon after, Arsenal supporters must have feared their chance to win the game had gone.

"I thought there'd be another opportunity to get a goal and get the victor".

But the forward made amends when he headed home the victor from six yards - an opportunity that was harder to convert than the miss he'd endured just minutes earlier.

Here is how we rated the players after the game.

Wenger did rotate his squad for Arsenal's fifth home game in a row, resting Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey as Reiss Nelson was handed a first start in the Premier League.

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