Ralph Hasenhuttl provides Mario Lemina update after Arsenal

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Southampton took on Arsenal on Sunday as Ralph Hasenhuttl went in search of his first win as Saints boss.

Southampton started the weekend in the relegation zone and had won just one of their previous 16 league games this season.

So, when they faced an Arsenal side who were unbeaten in 22 games, nobody really expected them to win.

However, a returning Danny Ings headed Southampton in front inside 20 minutes.

Arsenal would equalise not long after through Henrikh Mkhitaryan before Ings once again gave his side the lead right before the break.

Mkhitaryan would then draw Arsenal level in the 53rd minute. But Charlie Austin would come on as a sub and score an 85th-minute winner.

This moved Southampton out of the relegation zone and ended Arsenal’s 22-game unbeaten run.

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)

Mario Lemina injury update

Prior to the game, Southampton had one major absentee in the form of Mario Lemina.

Lemina had played 15 of Southampton’s previous 16 league games before Arsenal so his exclusion from Sunday’s matchday squad was notable.

However, after beating Arsenal, Hasenhuttl have provided an update on Lemina and explained why he missed out over the weekend:

“Hopefully, not too serious. It’s about his stomach, it hurt him too much.

“If you can’t sprint 100 per cent, it’s better to say ‘no it doesn’t work’ and we have to put in someone else.”

Southampton’s next fixture is a key relegation clash with Huddersfield and the Saints will be keen to have one of their top midfielders back for it.

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