Mohamed Elneny sent off in Arsenal's thrilling win over Southampton

09 April, 2018, 01:25 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • Mark Hughes

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.

Arsene Wenger has made several changes from the team that earned a 4-1 victory over CSKA Moscow on Thursday, with Sead Kolasinac, Reiss Nelson and Alex Iwobi all starting for the Gunners.

Shane Long took advantage of a comical mix-up between Petr Cech and Shkodran Mustafi to put the visitors in front early on.

Arsenal, however, were at last moving forward with greater goal and seven minutes from halftime Welbeck received the benefit of a deflection off Maya Yoshida to beat goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

Welbeck and Charlie Austin then traded blows before the Arsenal star popped up with the victor with nine minutes to spare.

Welbeck scored a late victor for Arsenal to inflict more misery on Mark Hughes' Southampton side.

Southampton's Jack Stephens and Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal both saw red in stoppage time for violent conduct, leaving their respective sides to play out the closing minutes with 10 men.

The Gabon global has scored five goals in his first six Premier League games following his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in January, thus, becoming the first player to achieve that feat at the Emirates outfit.

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Elneny then got himself sent off as he shoved Cedric in the back ahead of the final whistle to end a fascinating and feisty encounter at the Emirates. "Clearly we were quite prepared to allow Arsenal a lot of possession in front of us, but our intention was to counter quickly and put Shane Long in areas high up the field where we could get support to him".

The Gabon striker has six goals in seven Premier League games for Arsenal following his January move from Borussia Dortmund.

Despite today's scoreline, Arsenal have struggled in the Premier League this year, with the club now occupying 6th spot in the table.

The 28-year-old has been directly involved in seven goals in the English top flight this season (six goals, one assist); this is more than any Arsenal player in their first seven appearances in the competition. It was the England forward's first league goal since September.

"People were questioning whether he would come back and I believe what he has done is exceptional".

The game looked to be petering out before an on-field coming-together between Jack Wilshere and Jack Stephens led to the latter being sent off.

"It's a competitive game, Saints are in a hard position, same as us".

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