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Author Name: Ian Winrow
Arsenals Welbeck eager to stay on winning track against Southampton
Welbeck's header at The Hawthorns was his first goal in seven games for Arsenal and secured a priceless victory for the Gunners as they attempt to force their way back into the Champions League spots. Victory against a Southampton side still smarting from a painful 3-0 home defeat by Manchester City last weekend will help defuse the anger of those fans frustrated at Arsenal's failure to keep pace with leaders Chelsea. The striker, signed from Manchester United for £16 million at the end of the last transfer window, said: "I've had a couple blocked off the line and it just wasn't going my way, but I've got the goal and I'm just looking forward to scoring more and helping the team to win games." Welbeck's goal was timely as he attempts to retain his position as Arsenal's main striker following the return to fitness of Olivier Giroud. Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is again likely to miss out because of a hip problem but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to recover from a minor knock. Southampton have already tasted victory at the Emirates Stadium this season when they knocked Arsenal out of the League Cup. "The previous result gives the confidence that we can beat them, but Arsenal in the last two games have had two good results," said Koeman. "It will be difficult, but you always get space against Arsenal. They like to play, they like to play offensive."

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