Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Welbeck helps Arsenal edge Southampton

Welbeck helps Arsenal edge Southampton

Danny Welbeck headed home a late victor as Arsenal beat Southampton at the Emirates Stadium to leave the visitors in the Premier League bottom three.

Mkhitaryan was hurt in the 61st minute of Arsenal's 4-1 win over the Russian side in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday.

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.

However, Welbeck teed up Aubameyang for his sixth goal in eight games since joining for a club-record fee from Borussia Dortmund and then put Arsenal in front before the break.

Jack Stephens saw red for shoving Jack Wilshere in the face in an eventful conclusion, while Arsenal also finished the game down to 10 after Mohamed Elneny's dismissal for violent conduct in the aftermath.

- Southampton haven't won any of their last six Premier League games in which they have opened the scoring (D4 L2). Supporters who did attend witnessed five goals, two red cards and a host of chances at both ends. "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".

This isn't the first time that Long has gotten on the score-sheet against Arsenal.

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

"I'm happy with the assist and glad to get the goals".

Saints' chances were limited, but Elneny had to be on hand to clear off the line as Wesley Hoedt sent a header towards goal with Cech scrambling to tip a Long header behind soon after.

"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.

Clearly we've got talented players - you've seen that today - we just need that element of determination and ability to affect the opposition when the going gets tough".

Southampton's Jack Stephens was sent off in stoppage time for a clash with Gunners substitute Jack Wilshere - who should also have been dismissed according to Southampton manager Mark Hughes.

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