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In Pictures: Clever Shane Long Takes Advantage Of Mustafi Howler

In Pictures: Clever Shane Long Takes Advantage Of Mustafi Howler

Shane Long was an unlikely starter this afternoon as Mark Hughes' Southampton traveled to a desolate Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal.

Not enjoying his most prolific goal-scoring season, the Irish forward hasn't scored since the Saints lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace in early January; his first goal of the 2017/18 season.

Well, he has just doubled his tally with a wonderfully intuitive finish to give Southampton a 1-0 lead against Arsenal.

Isolated in the opposition box, the 31-year-old ghosted ahead of a dozing Shkodran Mustafi to guide Cedric's cross beyond the unawares Petr Cech.

Giving Hughes' relegation-threatened side the lead their play has deserved after the opening twenty minutes in the Emirates, if Long could push on and finish the season strongly, Hughes' salvage-mission could be made all the easier.

Needless to say, there has been plenty of positive (and slightly bemused) reaction to Long's goal, and a lot of stick for Mustafi.

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The lead would not last too long however; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbing Arsenal's equaliser. Moments later, Danny Welbeck would make it 2-1.

You can get some idea of Long's great finish below.

Shane Long

Shane Long

Shane Long

Shane Long

Shane Long

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