Arsenal 3-2 Southampton: Danny Welbeck Steals The Show As Gunners Down The Saints
Arsenal pulled off a sensational 3-2 win against a relegation-threatened Southampton at the Emirates Stadium which saw them close the gap on fifth-placed Chelsea. An early goal from Shane Long saw the Saints secure an early lead but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came through for the Gunners with a stunning equaliser. Then, the star of the show, Danny Welbeck, scored a stunning goal to put Arsenal in the driver’s seat ahead of half-time.
However, a shock strike from Charlie Austin got Southampton back into the game but Welbeck rose to the occasion and scored a wonderful winning goal for Arsenal.
Arsenal Player Ratings
Petr Cech – 6/10
Could have done better to stop the two goals from Southampton, particularly when it came to Long’s goal. There seemed to be some miscommunication between him and Mustafi.
Hector Bellerin – 5/10
Made some good clearances but he was caught in possession several times. Bellerin also picked up a booking.
Calum Chambers – 4/10
Failed to contain Long and struggled against his pace. He was also outrun by Dusan Tadic for the equalising goal. Poor display from the youngster.
Shkodran Mustafi – 4.5/10
Mustafi made a terrible error in the build-up to Long’s goal and there is absolutely no excuse.
Sead Kolasinac – 7/10
Kolasinac worked well at the back but he offered very little going forward. However, it was good to see him back in the starting XI.
Granit Xhaka – 8/10
Xhaka put in a fine performance and guarded the defence well while also making important contributions to the attack.
Mohamed Elneny – 7.5/10
Got his basics right, ticked all the boxes and put in a decent shift as Xhaka’s partner.
Alex Iwobi – 8.5/10
Iwobi put in a spectacular performance and assisted Arsenal’s second and third goal. Unlucky that he didn’t score one for himself.
Reiss Nelson – 7/10
The youngster showed flashes of brilliance and put in a convincing display overall.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 7.5/10
Scored an important goal and displayed excellent finishing skills as well. However, besides that, he could not do much.
Danny Welbeck – 9/10
Provided a great assist for the first goal and scored the next two. In addition to that, Welbeck won a lot of headers and offered defensive support too.
Jack Wilshere – 4/10
Came on for Nelson but he was extremely sloppy and gave away possession.
Alexandre Lacazette – 5/10
Passed the ball around but did not make an impact.
Rob Holding – 5.5/10
Made a superb block to deny Josh Sims but otherwise, Holding came on too late.