Arsenal extended their unbeaten home run against Southampton to 23 league games, as Danny Welbeck struck twice to secure a hard earned 3-2 win.
The result was Arsenal’s 150th win at the Emirates Stadium and closed the gap between them 5th place Chelsea – ahead of their home match against West Ham – and left Southampton three points adrift of safety in 17th place.
Here is four things we learned from the Premier League game:
1. Danny Welbeck Could Be Another Option for England at the World Cup
Danny Welbeck has been in and out of the Arsenal side so far this season, having only made 10 starts in the league for the Gunners.
But he proved his worth during this match, scoring two goals and assisting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the equaliser in the first half.
Welbeck has not played much for England since Gareth Southgate took over as manager, but this man of the match performance may make the England manager take note.
With Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford the only out and out strikers regularly being selected for the Three Lions, Welbeck could provide another option for England at the World Cup.
2. Southampton Have Shown That They Are Up for the Relegation Battle
Southampton had lost their last two games by a 3-0 scoreline before this match, including a damaging loss to West Ham in a crunch match.
Despite their position, the Saints were never out of the game, and could easily have taken points away from the Emirates.
Their high energy press on Arsenal’s defence caused the Gunners problems all afternoon, and they showed that they are always capable of scoring goals with Shane Long and Charlie Austin in their team.
With Southampton still having games against Swansea, Bournemouth and Everton to come, they have shown that they may have enough to get out of the position that they currently find themselves in.
3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Is Loving Life In the Premier League
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal during the January transfer window for a reported fee of £55.5m.
The 28-year-old took his tally to five goals and one assist in his six appearances for Arsenal in the Premier League when he netted the equaliser against the Saints.
The Gabon international striker has carried his form from the Budesliga, where he scored 13 goals in 16 appearances this season, and is clearly loving life in England.
4. Charlie Austin Loves Playing Against Arsenal
Charlie Austin came off the bench to make the score 2-2 in the second half, just a minute after entering the field of play.
And the Southampton front man has a pretty good record when playing Arsenal. So much so, that he has scored every time that he has faced them in the league.
That is now four goals in four appearances against the Gunners, and the 28-year-old will be hoping he can continue that record next season.