April 8, 2018 / 3:20 PM / a year ago

Soccer-Welbeck's double for Arsenal costs Southampton vital points

* Southampton were unfortunate to lose 3-2 at Arsenal

* A third successive defeat left them deep in relegation trouble

* Shane Long gave Southampton the lead after 17 minutes

* Arsenal equalised 11 minutes later through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

* The home side hardly deserved to be ahead at halftime after Danny Welbeck scored

* Substitute Charlie Austin made it 2-2 just after coming on

* Welbeck headed the winner at the far post

* Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny and Southampton’s Jack Stephens were sent off

* Arsenal away to Newcastle next; Southampton at home to Chelsea


LONDON, April 8 (Reuters)- Danny Welbeck’s second goal of the game gave Arsenal a 3-2 win on Sunday and cost Southampton a draw they would have deserved in their struggle against relegation from the Premier League.

Southampton’s defeat kept them in the bottom three, three points behind Crystal Palace but with a game in hand.

Shane Long gave them the lead after 17 minutes, nipping in ahead of defender Shkodran Mustafi.

Arsenal equalised 11 minutes later through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, playing a one-two with Danny Welbeck.

Welbeck then cut inside onto Alex Iwobi’s pass to give Arsene Wenger’s side a barely-deserved halftime lead.

Substitute Charlie Austin equalised barely a minute after coming on but with nine minutes left Welbeck headed in Alex Iwobi’s cross.

In a wild last few minutes Mohamed Elneny and Southampton’s Jack Stephens were sent off in separate incidents. (Reporting by Steve Tongue Editing by Toby Davis)

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