Arsenal edge Saints in thriller

Danny Welbeck's goal now separates Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates, but the Englishman also turned provider with a wonderful assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's equaliser.

Defeat for Southampton leaves them in the relegation zone and three points from safety after they lost their early lead here.

Welbeck scored a late victor for Arsenal to inflict more misery on Mark Hughes' Southampton side. "In the end I got the (second) goal".

Southampton's survival hopes suffered another blow when defender Jack Stephens was sent off for an off-the-ball clash with Jack Wilshere in stoppage time, with Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny also shown a red card for shoving Cedric Soares in the face.

Manager Arsene Wenger rested several key players, ahead of next Thursday's Europa League quarter-final second leg against CSKA Moscow in Russian Federation.

Both Danny Welbeck and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had fantastic matches, playing like old mates on the school yard.

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However, substitute Charlie Austin pulled the Saints level with a tap-in in the 73rd minute. In the game we found the resources to win.

Welbeck then sent the hosts ahead 10 minutes later with a deflected strike from outside the area that screamed into the top corner, 2-1.

It took the Hammers only 17 minutes to take a 2 goal lead, and a third was deservedly added before the teams made their way back to the dressing room for half-time.

The goal meant statistics showed Aubameyang has now been involved in seven league goals this term - six goals and one assist - the most of any Arsenal player in their first seven appearances for the club since 1992, the year football was invented. "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".

He told Sky Sports: "When you play every three days it is hard to get into the pace of the game, and when you look at the game today, we were twice in hard situations at 1-0 down and at 2-2, and again we found the response to win the game".

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