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Danny Welbeck double gives Arsenal win over Southampton in Premier League


Shane Long put Southampton ahead in the 17th minute at Emirates Stadium.

Southampton manager Mark Hughes said he was encouraged by the improvement in his team's mentality in the last week even though Sunday's 3-2 defeat at Arsenal left them fighting for Premier League survival.

For Southampton (18th place, 28 points), they are in the drop zone and three points from safety. There were many standout performers for the Gunners, so with that said, here are my Arsenal player ratings vs Southampton. It was just the Ireland striker's second league goal of the season and his first since January 2.

First Southampton defender Jack Stephens was dismissed for his reaction to having his shirt pulled by Wilshere, before Mohamed Elneny was sent off for a shove on Soares as tempers flared before the final whistle finally came.

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.

There were chances at either end before Welbeck grabbed his first goal minutes before the break, only for Charlie Austin to rekindle the visitors' hopes after some brilliant work from Cedric.

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




At that point Wenger abandoned all pretence of tactical shape and defensive nous by simply ordering his side to attack to win the game.

Here is how we rated the players after the game.

"I thought there'd be another opportunity to get a goal and get the victor".

Arsenal responded well, though, and Aubameyang brought them level with his sixth goal in eight appearances for the Gunners as he flicked home Welbeck's pass.

"We knew it was going to be a competitive game, Southampton are in a hard position", said Welbeck.

But the forward made amends when he headed home the victor from six yards - an opportunity that was harder to convert than the miss he'd endured just minutes earlier. "That shows when Danny is fit, and can play week in, week out, he comes back to his level".

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