DANNY WELBECK sent Arsenal fans into meltdown after he missed an open goal opportunity to put his side in the lead.
Jack Wilshere pulled the ball back into the path of the 27-year-old in the six-yard box, but he sent strike way over the woodwork.
REUTERS Welbeck looked dejected after missing a chance at the Emirates
Welbeck redeemed himself moments later as he bagged his brace to put Arsene Wenger’s side in the lead again.
Nonetheless, fans swarmed to Twitter to slate the striker after his moment of madness at the Emirates.
Some supporters questioned why he has a professional contract, while others claimed it was the “miss of the season”.
Despite his momentary lapse of concentration in front of goal, the England international produced the goods for Arsenal against Mark Hughes’ men.
PA:Press Association Wilshere scored in the first half at the Emirates
Welbeck now has nine goals and two assists for the North London outfit this season.
After Shane Long’s early opener, Aubameyang found the net to make it all level at the Emirates.
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Welbeck then put the Gunners ahead with an effort that deflected off Maya Yoshida and flew into the back of the net.
Charlie Austin then pulled one back for the Saints, before Welbeck bagged the winner with nine minutes to go.
Nfl Ace Rob Gronkowski Buys Into His Namesake Racehorse Who Is Set To Run In The Kentucky Derby Next Month
NFL ace Rob Gronkowski has bought a share in the horse named after him as he goes for glory in the Kentucky Derby.
Gronkowski could be tasting a different kind of success on May 5 if Gronkowski – the horse – takes glory in the $2million race.
Reuters Gronkowski is set to be at Churchill Downs to watch his horse run
The three-year-old, trained by Jeremy Noseda and owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds has won his last four starts in England and is on track for the ‘Run for the Roses’ at Churchill Downs.
Two-time Super Bowl winner Gronkowski has been attracted by growing attention in Noseda’s runner and said on www.gronknation.com: “This horse is a winner and I love a winner.
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“When I heard about the racehorse being named after me, I started watching and got really stoked when he started winning. He’s won his last three races and is now headed to the Derby.
“I’m all in: Welcome to the Gronk Family, Gronkowski the Horse!”
He added: “I really can’t think of anything cooler than having a top-class thoroughbred named after me. Except maybe having him win the Derby.”
It is expected New England Patriot’s star Gronkowski will be at Churchill Downs to watch his horse race.
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Marcos Alonso Banned For Three Games After Stamp On Shane Long Ruling Him Out Of Chelsea Clash With Burnley
MARCOS ALONSO has been banned for three matches for his horror stamp on Southampton striker Shane Long.
Chelsea defender Alonso denied an FA charge of violent conduct, and will begin his suspension by missing tonight’s Premier League clash with Burnley.
Sky Sports Marcos Alonso stamps on Shane Long – but avoids a booking
The Spain international star raked his studs down the back of the Saints striker’s calf during the first-half of the Blues’ 3-2 win at St Mary’s last Saturday.
But referee Mike Dean did not even book Alonso, leaving Southampton boss Mark Hughes claiming the challenge almost broke his player’s leg.
And the official was slammed as “arrogant” by Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier for failing to act on the flashpoint.
FA disciplinary bosses reviewed the footage, and once the received confirmation from Dean that he had not spotted the challenge, they charged the 27-year-old Spaniard retrospectively.
Sky Sports The Chelsea defender’s studs clearly scrape Shane Long’s calf
Sky Sports Shane Long required treatment after his coming together with Marcos Alonso
He now misses the match against Burnley, this weekend’s big FA Cup semi-final against Southampton and the league game against Swansea.
Furious Saints boss Hughes said after his side’s defeat: “It was a poor tackle, and one that could have been more severe for Shane. Thankfully he’s just about OK.
Sky Sports Viewers were certain Marcos Alonso should have been given a red for this challenge
Diego Maradona Vs Michel Platini Was The Lionel Messi-cristiano Ronaldo Rivalry Of Mid-1980s When Napoli Vs Juventus Was Europe’s Big Game
THE Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo rivalry will go down in history as the game’s greatest-ever.
In the past decade, the pair have won five Ballon d’Or awards each — and have re-written the records with their incredible goal scoring exploits.
EPA Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been best players for a decade
But, 35 years ago, the world’s top two players were fighting for the title in Italy.
In 1984, Diego Maradona arrived at Napoli as the best player on the planet, but with plenty of baggage.
He had recently caused a riot in the Copa del Rey final in front of 100,000 fans in his last match for Barcelona — after seeking revenge on the player who’d broken his ankle 12 months earlier.
Juventus, AC Milan, Inter, Fiorentina were alerted to Maradona’s availability but deemed him not worth the risk, given the problems which came with him.
Getty Images Diego Maradona moved to Napoli on the back of a tumultuous time in Spain
Getty Images Michel Platini was the first player to win the Ballon d’Or three years in a row
Eventually, Napoli, who had finished a point above the relegation places a season, took the gamble — and they had to empty the banks in the city to finance the world record £5million deal.
The southern Italians were a million miles away from Serie A’s main side, Juventus who, in Michel Platini, boasted a player who had won the Ballon d’Or a year earlier, would win it again that year — and then become the first man in history to win it for a third time in a row.
But, upon his arrival, Maradona transformed Napoli and made them believe they could compete with the likes of Bianconeri for the biggest trophies in the country.
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