Southampton matchwinner Danny Welbeck makes World Cup claim after big win

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Southampton sit three points behind 17th-placed Crystal Palace with seven games to play, and they still have Chelsea and Manchester City to play during a tricky run-in.

"When you look at the game today, twice we had situations - once when 1-0 down and then when they came back to 2-2 - where we had to find the resources to win the game".

Southampton: Alex McCarthy 7, Cedric Soares 7, Maya Yoshida 6, Jack Stephens 5, Wesley Hoedt 6, Ryan Bertrand 6, Oriol Romeu 6, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 7, James Ward-Prowse 7, Dusan Tadic 5, Shane Long 7.

Arsene Wenger felt Arsenal's 3-2 victory over Southampton was more about spirit than skill after Danny Welbeck settled a see-saw contest at the Emirates Stadium.

Despite today's scoreline, Arsenal have struggled in the Premier League this year, with the club now occupying 6th spot in the table.

The game ended on a sour note when both teams had players sent off, as Jack Stephens and Mohamed Elneny were given straight red cards for off-the-ball incidents.

General view outside the stadium before the UEFA Europa League quarter final leg one match between Arsenal FC and CSKA Moskva at Emirates Stadium on April 5, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

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Arsenal levelled just before the half-hour mark when Welbeck's clever flick allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to scuff the ball past the onrushing Alex McCarthy.

The Saints were level in the second half thanks to super sub Charlie Austin, but Welbeck headed in the victor for the hosts.

The Frenchman has also underwhelmed this season and has only scored 10 times in 27 games; disappointing when you consider how prolific he was for Lyon in Ligue 1 last season.

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

"I'm happy with the assist, glad to get the goals".

"I am very pleased for him because he is a guy who went through a very hard time and has shown exceptional mental strength to come back", said Wenger.

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

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