Iwobi Stars, Welbeck Bags Brace As Arsenal See Off Southampton

Jo Caldwell
April 9, 2018

But Southampton couldn't hold on, Welbeck's second of the day - a header from close range - securing all three points for the Gunners.

It was indefensible from Stephens, who had earlier let his team down with some shoddy defending for Arsenal's first two goals, courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring his sixth goal since his January arrival from Borussia Dortmund and a deflected strike from Welbeck.

Southampton's Jack Stephens and Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal both saw red in stoppage time for violent conduct, leaving their respective sides to play out the closing minutes with 10 men.

I think with this game we can see our season.

"It just shows the level of competition in the Premier League", he said.

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He said: "It's just disappointing we couldn't get something out of the game".

The result was an attack with less playmaking ability but a lot more pace, and they always looked a lot more unsafe on quick counters than when trying to orchestrate the normal slow build-up moves.

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.

West Ham game went into the game on the back of a morale-boosting 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Southampton last weekend to ease rising tensions between the board and supporters.

Arsenal looked ragged and this time Tadic's attacking intent paid off, Long darting beyond Hector Bellerin before beating a dithering Shkodran Mustafi at the front post as Petr Cech was left to berate his team-mate.

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The goal meant statistics showed Aubameyang has now been involved in seven league goals this term - six goals and one assist - the most of any Arsenal player in their first seven appearances for the club since 1992, the year football was invented.

'He had every reason to feel sorry for himself and think this mountain is too big to climb.

Southampton were the better side early in the second half and got a deserved equaliser as Charlie Austin came off the bench to make it 2-2 in the 73rd minute following great work from Cedric.

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

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Of course, we feel confident, we trust, we work in a very good atmosphere because we beat a very good opponent. For me it will be a tougher game than at Stamford Bridge, against Stoke .

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