Arsenal injury blow: Hector Bellerin limps off vs Southampton

Southampton vs Arsenal

Arsenal travelled to Southampton on Sunday as they looked to make it 23 games in a row without defeat across all competitions.

Arsenal began the day in 5th place and with Chelsea playing Brighton at the same time, the Gunners needed to win to keep the pressure on the top four.

As for Southampton, they started the day in the relegation zone as Ralph Hasenhuttl went in search of his first win as Saints boss.

The game started off badly for Arsenal, as it often does in the first half of their games.

Danny Ings marked his return from injury by putting Southampton 1-0 up inside 20 minutes.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan would then draw Arsenal level in the 28th minute with a powerful header.

However, Ings would strike once again in the 44th minute, making it 2-1 at half-time.

Southampton would eventually come away with a 3-2 win.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 16: Danny Ings of Southampton scores his team’s first goal under pressure from Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC at St Mary’s Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Another defensive injury blow for Arsenal

As well as conceding two vs Southampton in the first 45 and losing their unbeaten streak, Arsenal have suffered yet another defensive injury blow.

Hector Bellerin suffered an injury right at the end of the first half and was then replaced during the break.

Arsenal also lost Sead Kolasinac prior to Sunday’s game with Southampton.

Rob Holding is also out for Arsenal for some time, meaning Arsenal are very thin at the back heading into a busy Christmas period.

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