Danny Welbeck recovers from shock miss to save Arsenal against Southampton

Welbeck celebrates his goal

Welbeck celebrates his goal

Danny Welbeck has vowed to continue his good form in front of goal after he scored twice and notched up an assist during Arsenal's 3-2 win over Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger had made seven changes with Thursday's Moscow decider in mind and though the visitors were under pressure again early on, Tadic cynically clattering Reiss Nelson when the youngster dropped a shoulder, the game's first chance fell their way as Arsenal switched off.

Southampton went on to break the deadlock on 17 minutes as Cedric Soares crossed the ball into the box past Sead Kolasinac, and with Petr Cech and Shkodran Mustafi hesitating, Shane Long pounced to poke the ball into the net.

The turnaround continued in the 38th minute when Iwobi found Welbeck, he cut in from the right and his shot ricocheted off Maya Yoshida, high into McCarthy's net.

Charlie Austin restored parity for Southampton in the 73rd minute but Welbeck got the victor eight minutes later.

When Welbeck somehow contrived to scoop the ball over the bar from three yards soon after, Arsenal supporters must have feared their chance to win the game had gone.

Mohamed Elneny was also sent off for a tamer push on Cedric Soares as the game descended further into chaos in stoppage time, although Arsenal were beyond caring at that point.

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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.

And at the end of the first 45 minutes it was the Gunners that walked into the tunnel with a 2 - 1 lead. Long has scored just one goal in his last 47 appearances in all competitions for club and country. It was the England forward's first league goal since September.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to BBC Sport: "It's not easy because we played against a team who fights not to go down, mentally it is very hard".

The red card means that he will miss Arsenal's upcoming three league games against each of Newcastle United, West Ham, and Manchester United.

He'd get his goal in the 81st minute, stabbing home a header at the back post from an Iwobi cross.

"His game is about going past people, about taking them on, and overall I believe he's shown he has the necessary tactical and technical level".

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