Arsenal vs Southampton : Welbeck double deepens Southampton's troubles

Arsenal vs Southampton : Welbeck double deepens Southampton's troubles

Danny Welbeck's brace helped Arsenal defy the efforts of desperate Southampton in a 3-2 win at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Welbeck's recall suggests he is in contention to make the squad for Russian Federation, though he refuses to look beyond Thursday's Europa League tie against CSKA Moscow.

Shane Long ghosted past Shkodran Mustafi to open scoring, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's effort trickled in to make it 1-1. They had been level for eight minutes when Dusan Tadic allowed Alex Iwobi to cross for Welbeck, who had just produced a contender for miss of the season, to rise above Cédric Soares and head home Arsenal's victor.

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.

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.

Arsenal were misfiring until Aubameyang started and finished a flowing move with a deft finish past the onrushing Alex McCarthy following Welbeck's inventive flick - the Gabon striker having now scored six goals in his first eight league games.

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Welbeck narrowly failed to get on the end of a Wilshere cross after he hooked the ball back from the byline on 79 minutes. Arsenal leads 4-1 from the first. I know when I get the opportunity in front of goal I will put them away. He had gotten on the end of a quick interchange on the edge of Arsenals box to score, making it a record four goals in four meetings with their north London rivals.

- Danny Welbeck both scored and assisted in a Premier League match for the first time since September (v Bournemouth), which was also the last time he netted a league goal.

It took us some time to get to the pace of the game.

The 28-year-old has been directly involved in seven goals in the English top flight this season (six goals, one assist); this is more than any Arsenal player in their first seven appearances in the competition.

It was yet another weird Premier League game at the Emirates v Southampton.

"People were questioning whether he would come back and I believe what he has done is exceptional".

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