Iwobi makes two assists in Arsenal win over Southampton

Tyler Owen
April 9, 2018

In Mkhitaryan's absence, Danny Welbeck scored twice to help Arsenal extend their winning streak to six games in all competitions by seeing off Southampton at the Emirates Stadium.

However, they equalised with their first coherent attack, Welbeck conjuring a lovely flick from Iwobi's pass, the ball running into the area for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to elude Stephens and beat Alex McCarthy.

Red mist descended in stoppage time as first Stephens was dismissed, for a shove on Jack Wilshere in retaliation for having his shirt ripped, and then Elneny marched off for pushing Cedric.

But with just nine minutes left on the clock, Welbeck grabbed the victor, moments after a poor miss from close range.

"Going into the Europa League on Thursday, it's going to be a hard tie even though we won the home game [4-1]".

It looked like another typical day for the former Manchester United man when he missed an absolute sitter at 2-2 but Welbeck showed great character and got his redemption in the end.

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

His brace has led to plenty of talk that he could sneak into England's World Cup squad for the summer.

"I'm personally very happy and pleased for him, because this guy has gone through some hard times". I know when I get the opportunity in front of goal I will put them away.

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"I thought I would get another opportunity to get a victor and I kept focused on that".

Wilshere was fortunate not to head for an early bath too but Mohamed Elneny was less so when he was shown a straight red in the aftermath.

"Elneny has raised a hand to Cedric's face - that's a sending off clearly".

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.

Arsenal started the game dominating possession and controlling the midfield with their passing as always, but that didn't prevent Southampton from scoring the opening goal, after Shane Long took advantage of Mustafi's poor defending in the 17th minute to make it 1-0 for Southampton.

Charlie Austin restored parity for Southampton in the 73rd minute but Welbeck got the victor eight minutes later from Iwobi's assist.

"It was a good performance and a marked contrast to West Ham", added Hughes.

"We showed real intent and goal in the second half and got back on level terms but we needed to see the game out". We've all got to stick together now.

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