Arsenal 3-2 Southampton: Welbeck gets last laugh

Arsenal equalised 11 minutes later through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, playing a one-two with Danny Welbeck.

The Gabon global has scored five goals in his first six Premier League games following his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in January, thus, becoming the first player to achieve that feat at the Emirates outfit.

Southampton was looking for the equalizer after Welbeck grabbed the home side's victor late, minutes after missing an easier chance to score.

Southampton were not to be denied on 16 minutes when Shane Long got in-front of his marker to poke the ball beyond Mustafi.

Southampton will consider themselves unfortunate to leave the Emirates empty-handed and that is principally down to Welbeck, who set up the opener with a sublime flick before scoring with a run and shot and then a back-post header.

Arsenal already have one foot in the last four of the Europa League following their 4-1 thrashing of CSKA Moscow in the first leg of their quarter-final clash on Thursday. It was Charlie Austin who made the breakthrough to draw level, just a minute after being brought on as a sub.

But Welbeck got the victor with a powerful downward header ten minutes before the end to bag the win for Arsenal, in a game which saw late dismissals for Jack Stephens and Mohamed Elneny. With Chelsea, Leicester and Manchester City yet to play, today's points could yet prove crucial. "That's what I said many times, and I'm happy he shows it".

- In fact, only Wayne Rooney (7) and Robin Van Persie (6) have scored more Premier League goals against Petr Cech than Shane Long (5).

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

Welbeck missed an incredible sitter as the ball dropped in front of him in front of the goals with the match winding down but made up for it with a headed finish at the back post from an Iwobi delivery from the left.

Charlie Austin has scored in all three of his previous Premier League appearances against Arsenal (including two matches for QPR).

Wilshere escaped with just a yellow card but it didn't end there.

  • Julie Sanders