Danny Welbeck only focused on Arsenal as World Cup approaches

Arnold Nichols
April 11, 2018

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 Premier League relegation zone.

He singled out Welbeck's contribution in the game at Emirates Stadium after the 27-year-old scored for the first time in the league since September, then got the victor after shooting high over the bar from close range four minutes earlier.

Southampton could claim further bad luck, however, when Wesley Hoedt's header from a corner was going in until Elneny nodded it off the line.

Arsenal did finish with 10 men when Mohamed Elneny saw red for a hand in the face of Cedric Soares, but Wenger believed the game should be remembered most for Welbeck's first Premier League goals since September previous year.

The Frenchman has been a revelation since coming to England, successful the league title in two consecutive years with totally different groups.

"He keeps pushing the youngsters - me, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock - I think he has got a bight future planned for us".

Welbeck then grabbed his first in seven league games when his effort from outside the box was deflected past goalkeeper Alex McCarthy via the unfortunate Maya Yoshida's boot. Welbeck accurately pointed this out in the quote above, that he couldn't stretch enough to get to the ball.

But if they keep alive the battling spirit they displayed against Arsenal, they might still make it to safety.

- Southampton haven't won any of their last six Premier League games in which they have opened the scoring (D4 L2).

The home side soon found themselves in front as Welbeck scored his first league goal since September.

In Mark Hughes' second league game in charge of Southampton, the side showed obvious improvements from the week before, with Shane Long taking advantage of some weak defending to score the opener.

A Premier League trophy on the Emirates continues to elude them although, now 14 seasons since their final triumph when the invincible's gained in 2004.

Goalscorer Charlie Austin echoed his manager's frustration.

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

"The World Cup will take care of itself - I don't pick the team", he told Arsenal's official website.

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