Welbeck double powers Arsenal to 3-2 win over Southampton

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Danny Welbeck inspired Arsenal to a sixth straight victory with two goals and an assist in a hot-tempered 3-2 home win over Southampton, to leave the Saints still rooted in the relegation zone.

This was the clearest indication yet that Arsene Wenger is now prioritising the Europa League over the Premier League as he made seven changes from Thursday's win over CSKA Moscow, with Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil on the bench and Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey rested completely.

Arsenal managed to turn things around before half-time as Welbeck then got himself on the scoresheet with his effort from the edge of the area deflected past Alex McCarthy for 2-1 in the 38th minute. The Saints finally got their equalizer in the 73rd minute, when substitute Charlie Austin scored on his first touch.

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

- The Gunners have scored 3+ goals in five successive home games in all competitions for the first time since their opening six matches of the 1958/59 season.

Long was celebrating a second of the afternoon only to see the goal rightly chalked off for offside as he steered Cedric's drive past Cech.

Arsenal's English striker Danny Welbeck (R) celebrates with teammates scoring the team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second-leg football match between Arsenal and AC Milan at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 15, 2018.

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Reiss Nelson made his first Premier League start for the Gunners, becoming the youngest player to do so since Serge Gnabry in 2013 against Swansea City. "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".

Another England World Cup hopeful was heavily involved as the injury-ravaged Welbeck netted his first league goals since September.

The warning wasn't heeded as the visitors went 1-0 up ten minutes later after Shane Long grabbed his fourth career goal against Arsenal.

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

"I'm personally very happy and pleased for him, because this guy has gone through some hard times".

"His game is about going past people, about taking them on, and overall I believe he's shown he has the necessary tactical and technical level".

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