Welbeck’s match-winning performance redeems horror miss

Danny Welbeck endured a mixed afternoon as Arsenal beat Southampton 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday but he did end the game as the match-winner.

The England international, valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, netted two goals, including the late winner as the Gunners turned up the heat on Chelsea in the race for fifth by beating Mark Hughes’ struggling Saints.

However, he should really have been leaving the Emirates Stadium with the match ball but he missed a glaring opportunity with the scores level at 2-2 which looked as if it might prove costly at the time.

That was not to be the case as the former Manchester United forward made up for his earlier blunder by powering him a header with just minutes remaining, to cap a largely impressive afternoon only marred by that shocking miss.

He also set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s equaliser after Shane Long had put the visitors 1-0 up in the first half and showed impressive all-round play coming in off the left flank.

He showed his strength in the air not just by nodding home the winning goal but by coming out on top in four aerial duels throughout the afternoon.

Meanwhile, his link-up play was also impressive with an 82 per cent passing accuracy which allowed Arsene Wenger’s men to build momentum as they roared forward in search of the win.

Welbeck is right on the fringes of the England World Cup squad and more performances like this can’t do his chances of going to Russia with the Three Lions any harm at all.