Iwobi Stars, Welbeck Bags Brace As Arsenal See Off Southampton

by Steven Clarke April 9, 2018, 1:23
Iwobi Stars, Welbeck Bags Brace As Arsenal See Off Southampton

It is now six consecutive triumphs in all competitions and they sit sixth in the Premier League table.

The second-half started with a poor performance from the hosts, which saw Southampton pressing Arsenal to get the equalizer and managed to do so in the 73rd minute through Charlie Austin.

"The disappointing thing is having got back on level terms we need to be resilient and resolute and we weren't able to do that", Hughes said.

Wenger was surprised at Elneny's dismissal, adding: "I am surprised Elneny was sent off because I know him very well".

"I don't mind that, I don't mind that", Redknapp said. "Jack Stephens has reacted to being pulled back for about 20 yards".

"I saw evidence of that today, and that's encouraging".

Aubameyang left the field for Alexandre Lacazette to a standing ovation while Hughes threw on Austin as a second striker in a change that proved pivotal, the substitute tapping in for swift impact when Cedric centred. The visitors began with a cautious 5-4-1 system, with the return of Oriol Romeu giving the midfield a steelier look and Long foraging on his own up front.

Southampton had the best of the early chances, Dusan Tadic drifting in behind before picking out James Ward-Prowse, who could not mark his 200th Saints appearance with a goal as his effort was cleared off the line by Hector Bellerin.

Arsenal will travel to Moscow to face CSKA in Thursday's UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg encounter. Their challenge for a place in the top four is all but over.

Danny Welbeck's two goals gave Arsenal the win to keep the Saints mired in the relegation zone.

But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalized with a fine finish shortly afterward, taking his tally to six goals in seven games since his winter transfer from Borussia Dortmund.

He had only scored one goal all season long before he doubled his tally, thanks to some pathetic defending by Mustafi, for the campaign.

Wenger has already ruled the 29-year-old out of contention for the upcoming Premier League fixtures against Newcastle United and West Ham too, though he may yet be back for the run-in.

Long had the ball in the net from Saints' next attack, deflecting in a long-range effort from Cedric but the forward was marginally offside, even if he didn't think so.

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