Danny Welbeck Bags A Brace As Arsenal Edge Out Southampton

Danny Welbeck Bags A Brace As Arsenal Edge Out Southampton

Danny Welbeck's second goal of the game gave Arsenal a 3-2 win on Sunday and cost Southampton a draw they would have deserved in their struggle against relegation from the Premier League.

Arsenal will travel to Moscow to face CSKA in Thursday's UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg encounter.

Southampton looked set to capitalise on Arsenal's experimental selection when Long, who had scored just once in 46 games, beat defender Shkodran Mustafi to a Cedric Soares cross to the near post and caressed the ball past goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Danny Welbeck then put the Gunners ahead after cutting inside and firing a right-footed shot that flew off the back of left-back Maya Yoshida and past keeper Alex McCarthy to put the home side 2-1 up seven minutes before the interval.

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A late Welbeck header ensured Arsenal took all three points despite a below-par performance.

Jack Stephens saw red for reacting to a foul from Jack Wilshere before Mohamed Elneny was also sent off for pushing Cedric Soares.

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.

Long was celebrating a second of the afternoon only to see the goal rightly chalked off for offside as he steered Cedric's drive past Cech. "I know when I get the opportunities in front of goal I will put them away - apart from the one I put over", said Welbeck. He had gotten on the end of a quick interchange on the edge of Arsenals box to score, making it a record four goals in four meetings with their north London rivals.

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Danny Welbeck netted a brace in a game which saw both sides end with only 10 men. It therefore makes sense for Wenger to treat the Premier League as a second-string competition for the remainder of 2017/18, with sixth place the best Arsenal can realistically hope for. It was the England forward's first league goal since September.

At 2-2, he missed an open goal but he didn't let that knock his confidence as he scored the victor soon afterwards.

'Yes, I think they can play together, ' Wenger said following Arsenal's defeat of Stoke.

He'd get his goal in the 81st minute, stabbing home a header at the back post from an Iwobi cross.

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