Southampton were dealt a cruel blow late on as Danny Welbeck helped Arsenal to a 3-2 win at the Emirates Stadium.

Mark Hughes made several changes following Saints’ 3-0 drubbing at the hands of West Ham last weekend and reverted to a system which consisted of three central defenders and three central midfielders.

Saints got off to a good start and some lackadaisical defending from Shkodran Mustafi gave Shane Long the chance to put the visitors ahead and he duly delivered.

Hughes’ men were not in the lead for long, though, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took advantage of some comical defending from Saints to equalise. Before half-time, it was two for the Gunners as Welbeck’s deflected effort beat Alex McCarthy at his near post.

Saints continued to probe the Arsenal defence and only moments after being introduced, Charlie Austin netted an equaliser for the visitors, levelling the scores as 2-2.

However, Arsenal took the spoils on the day as Welbeck took advantage of Saints’ inability to compete in the air to hand the Gunners a 3-2 win.

Jack Stephens was sent off late on for violent conduct, along with Mohamed Elneny who was given his marching orders for Arsenal.

On a disappointing afternoon for Saints, here are our player ratings.