Arsenal 3-2 Soton: Iwobi & Welbeck compound Saints' woes
EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 08/04/2018
Danny Welbeck benefitted from Alex Iwobi's double assists at the Emirates stadium to help a ten-man Arsenal to a hard-earned 3-2 victory over relegation battlers Southampton who were also reduced to ten men in a dramatic Premier League showdown on Sunday.Both teams ended the game with ten men following red cards to Jack Stephens who hauled Jack Wilshere to the ground, grabbing him by the neck violently before Mohamed Elneny joined him in the tunnel for shoving out at Cedric Soares.GOALS
Arsenal trailed after 17 minutes Petr Cech and Shkodran Mustafi failed to take care of Cedric Soares cross into the box, leaving a patient Shane Long to pounce and prod his team ahead into a deserved lead.Arsenal responded swiftly through their record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who did well to put the ball past Alex McCarthy off a Danny Welbeck clever backheel flick.Arsenal poured forward after the equaliser and despite Southampton's good little spell, Danny Welbeck smashed a shot on goal from outside the box that was deflected home via Maya Yoshida's stricken boot with Iwobi claiming the assist.
13 minutes from time, Cedric Soares danced into the box, sold a dummy to earn the space and popped a low cross into the box, where Charlie Austin was on hand to finish and bring the Saints back on
The north London giants were desperate to continue their winning run following five consecutive victories in all competitions after a disastrous spell starting in mid-February. Southampton boss Hughes opted to start with Shane Long over Charlie Austin up front.HOW IT HAPPENEDArsenal started brightly with Reiss Nelson to the fore on his first Premier League start, but Southampton denied the home side a clear chance in the opening stages and then struck themselves. Cedric crossed from the right, Shkodran Mustafi hesitated and Shane Long nipped in front of him to divert the ball past Petr Cech. Arsenal lacked rhythm and penetration after that setback but it all came together just before the half-hour mark. Alex Iwobi found Welbeck and his deft flick was converted by Aubameyang, who beat goalkeeper Alex McCarthy to the ball