Welbeck double costs Saints vital points

Apr 09, 2018, 01:26
Welbeck double costs Saints vital points

Arsenal 3-2 Southampton One wonders why Arsenal fans seem to set on staying away from their Premier League fixtures: these matches at the Emirates seem to guarantee entertainment, Sunday's 3-2 win over Southampton the latest.

Arsenal remain 13 points behind the top four, their hopes for the remainder of the season resting on the Europa League, in which they take a 4-1 lead to CSKA Moscow for Thursday's quarterfinal second leg. Substitute Charlie Austin equalised a minute after coming on but with nine minutes left Welbeck headed in Iwobi's cross.

Welbeck scored a late victor for Arsenal to inflict more misery on Mark Hughes' Southampton side.

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

Statistics do not always tell the full story, especially in a game when Southampton gave so much, but the numbers are stacking up against them with time running out.

The Gunners needed fifteen minutes to pull themselves together after the opening goal, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored on their first real chance-after a flick-on from Danny Welbeck, Aubameyang just beat Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and another defender to the ball for the equalizer.

"We had to dust ourselves down and come out with a real objective in the second half, and I thought we did that", he said.

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

The red card means that he will miss Arsenal's upcoming three league games against each of Newcastle United, West Ham, and Manchester United.

"I'm excited for him today because I remember making my debut and I'm sure you were the same Slaven, the butterflies, that feeling that he's going to get today". Long turned in Højbjerg's wayward shot, only for the flag to go up for offside.

In fact, only Wayne Rooney (seven) and Robin van Persie (six) have scored more Premier League goals against Petr Cech than Shane Long (five).

"We're disappointed we didn't get something out of the game but for me in terms of the performance I'm more than happy with that".

Saints were starting to come back into the contest and Cech was on hand again to keep out a long-range Hoedt strike as Gunners boss Wenger reacted by introducing Wilshere and Alexandre Lacazette from the bench.