Arsenal 3 Southampton 2: Gunners enjoy home comforts as Welbeck sinks Saints

09 April, 2018, 01:48 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Nathaniel Clyne celebrates scoring the winning goal in Southampton's 2-1 win at Arsenal in a League Cup third round clash from 2014

The Gunners are now just three points behind their London rivals with six games left to play.

He said: "It's just disappointing we couldn't get something out of the game".

Cedric's cross appeared easy for Arsenal to deal with, yet a mix-up between Shkodran Mustafi and Petr Cech allowed the alert Long to squeeze ahead of the former and stab the ball in from close range.

- Southampton have lost three successive away league matches conceding at least three goals in each for the first time since September 2013, under Nigel Adkins (a run of four).

Winning the Europa League would not quite redeem all the ills of Arsenal's campaign, but going all the way in the continent's junior competition would still be a good achievement. Other teams in the league are more clinical.

Host Chelsea, which went ahead through Cesar Azpilicueta in the 36th minute, had been dominating the game and would probably have won it but for some excellent goalkeeping from Joe Hart. The Mexico forward equalized with a brilliant finish after Marko Arnautovic cut the ball back.

It didn't stop there, Danny Welbeck fired a wonderful strike in the 38th minute, making it 2-1 for the Gunners.

Lacazette's cause at Arsenal has not been helped by the January arrival of £55m frontman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but the 26-year-old believes he can work with the Gabon star rather than against him - with the pair having shared the goals during a 3-0 victory over Stoke in their last Premier League outing.

"I'm pleased for him because he has been through hard times", said Wenger.

"He had every reason to feel sorry for himself, to think the mountain was too big to climb, because it was the right knee, then the left knee and a year out every time".

'People were questioning if he'd come back or not, that is the most hard test for any sportsperson.

Charlie Austin came off the bench to level for the Saints 17 minutes from time.

The late red card for Stephens only compounded the loss - with Mark Hughes unhappy that Jack Wilshere was not also dismissed following the tangle with the Saints defender.

However, we rallied once again and restored our lead when Welbeck headed home at the far post following an Iwobi cross in the 81st minute.

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