Welbeck scored one in each halves for Arsenal to pick maximum points from a fixture against stubborn Southampton.
Southampton through Long opened scores at the 17th minute before Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang leveled it at the 28th minute.
Danny Welbeck with uproarious goal ten minutes later completed Arsenal’s comeback but a determined and positive spirited Southampton expectedly equaled the scores 28th minutes into second half through Charlie Austin before Welbeck restored the host’s lead at the 81st minute.
Welbeck who rarely scores set a noble record of becoming the first and only player to have 100% home goal scoring record. His contribution to Aubameyang’s goal besides other efforts earned him the man of the match award.
Nigerian international Alex Iwobi’s service and contribution cannot go unnoticed as the England born assisted Welbeck to score both goals.
Goals keepers of both Arsenal and Southampton Alex McCarthy and Petr Cech played essential roles in the limiting the number of goals their sides would concede with their several remarkable saves.
Meanwhile an additional time drama saw Southampton and Arsenal lose Jack Stephens and Muhammad Elneny red carded by the centre referee in different intervals due to involving in unnecessary tackles and fights respectively.
Arsene Wenger made Arsenal play without key men Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey tactically so as to have them fully in completing the business they started in Emirates next week in Russia.
Definitely with the stiff competition to finish in top four, Wenger is convinced Europa is the only access route to the UEFA champions league next season hence his focus has been diverted fully to the return leg against CSKA Moscow whom they hammered 4-1 in the first leg.
Whereas Southampton remains in the relegation zone and will take the fight at home next Saturday as they host Chelsea.