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Player Ratings: Arsenal 3-2 Southampton
Arsenal came from behind to beat Southampton 3-2 at the Emirates this afternoon to move within two points of Chelsea in fifth ahead of the Blues’ game versus West Ham United this afternoon.
The Gunners fell behind on 17 minutes after Shkodran Mustafi allowed Shane Long a free header in front of goal. However, strikes from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Danny Welbeck saw Arsenal go into the break in front.
However, substitute Charlie Austin equalised from close range on 73 minutes before Danny Welbeck headed home the winner in the final 10 minutes.
Southampton’s Jack Stephens and Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny were both dismissed in stoppage time with straight red cards for raising their hands into an opposition’s face.
Here are CSAR’s player ratings from Arsenal 3-2 Southampton:
Petr Čech 5 – Poor communication with Shkodran Mustafi for Southampton’s opener. Not a chance with Charlie Austin’s equaliser.
Héctor Bellerín 5 – Made an early goalline clearance but otherwise had a poor game defensively. Picked up a yellow card for the team and was substituted in the final 20 minutes.
Calum Chambers 6 – Wasn’t the best of days for our defence as Petr Čech’s goal was tested on a number of occasions.
Shkodran Mustafi 5 – A tough game for the German who allowed Shane Long to ghost in to head Southampton in front in the first half. Struggled to keep with the Irish striker whenever the visitors played balls along the ground to their front man.
Sead Kolašinac 6 – The Bosnian cut out a few of Southampton’s long balls but had a tough game up against Cédric Soares.
Mohamed Elneny 6 – Looked after the ball well, created a couple of opportunities but defensively Arsenal’s two holding midfielders didn’t handle Dušan Tadić very well at all. Sent off in stoppage time for raising his arms.
Granit Xhaka 6 – Won a few challenges in midfield, maintained possession well and produced a smart save from Alex McCarthy with a long-range drive at the start of the second half.
Alex Iwobi 7 – A decent game down the right wing from Alex Iwobi who created a couple of chances including Welbeck’s winner.
Reiss Nelson 6 – A few nice touches from the 18-year-old on his first Premier League start. Reiss Nelson not involved greatly in any chances and was replaced just after the hour.
Danny Welbeck 9 – Influential game down the left wing from Danny Welbeck who notched up his fourth and fifth Premier League goals of the season, including the winner from close range in the final 15 minutes. Only moments earlier had he shot over the bar on the stretch with an open goal to aim at.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 7 – The striker’s pace was a problem for the Southampton defence and made a good run before finishing to equalise for Arsenal just before the half hour mark.
Jack Wilshere (27 mins) N/A – Created an excellent opportunity for Danny Welbeck that wasn’t taken. Started the stoppage time fracas that saw both Jack Stephens and Mohamed Elneny sent off.
Alexandre Lacazette (20 mins) N/A – A late appearance but didn’t get a sight on goal and had few touches too.
Rob Holding (17 mins) N/A – Came on for Héctor Bellerín to sure up the defence after we conceded our second. Immediately denied Charlie Austin a one-on-one.