Welbeck's double for Arsenal costs Southampton vital points

by Olga Hunt April 9, 2018, 0:53
Welbeck's double for Arsenal costs Southampton vital points

The Gabon striker has six goals in seven Premier League games for Arsenal following his January move from Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal showed similar form to recent league matches - maintaining much of the possession, but failing to keep possession in the final third, and a woefully inadequate defence.

"It's just how they finish, they finish all the time and it's a toe poke". Cedric Soares found space on the right and whipped in a cross, and, with Petr Cech and Shkodran Mustafi dithering, Shane Long strode in to prod the ball home. He did not give the Southampton defenders any time whatsoever and had a hand in all of Arsenal's goals.

Welbeck headed in an 81st-minute victor to secure Arsenal a sixth successive win in all competitions, though Wenger admitted fatigue was to blame for his side's below-par display.

"I thought it was a good performance from our point of view in contrast with what we were able to produce against West Ham", Hughes, whose side are 18th in the standings and three points from safety, told reporters. The match wasn't short of talking points, though few of them positive.

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. Substitutes: Jack Wilshere (for Nelson, 64) 6, Alexandre Lacazette (for Aubameyang, 71) 5, Rob Holding (for Bellerin, 74) 5.

Southampton: McCarthy 6, Cedric 7, Stephens 6, Hoedt 7, Yoshida 6, Bertrand 7, Romeu 7, Tadic 7, Hojbjerg 7, Ward-Prowse 7, Long 7.

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Subs: Austin, Boufal, Gabbiadini, Redmond, Pied, Sims, Forster. The visitors go 1-0 up.

And the shocker, came in the 74th minute as Southampton leveled the scoreline.

Welbeck made it 2-1 for Arsenal in the 38th minute of the first half when he fired in Iwobi's delightful pass.

81' GOAL! There he is!

Yet they will return to the south coast with nothing to show for their efforts, Welbeck heading in the game's decisive fifth goal before tensions boiled over during added time.

In the last five games, Arsenal has won all the games whereas Southampton has won only one game, lost two games and drawn two games.


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