Southampton end Arsenal’s 22-match unbeaten run

REUTERS/David Klein

A late goal by substitute Charlie Austin gave relegation-threatened Southampton a thrilling 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Sunday in new Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuettl’s first home game.

It was the Londoners’ first defeat in 23 games and meant they lost ground on fourth-placed Chelsea, while Southampton moved out of the bottom three.

Danny Ings, back after injury, headed two fine goals in the first half from equally good crosses by Matt Targett and Nathan Redmond.

In between, Mkhitaryan drew Arsenal level with a header of his own and early in the second half he scored via a big deflection.

Yet in the 85th minute Austin, who had come on for the tiring Ings, headed in a cross by Shane Long.

Southampton were left hoping for a sustained bounce to take them clear of relegation worries after ending both their long run without a win and Arsenal‘s even longer period of unbroken success on Sunday.

The surprise 3-2 home victory was the Saints’ first win since September 1 and their visitors’ first defeat since mid-August.

Southampton’s new manager Ralph Hasenhuettl, who replaced the sacked Mark Hughes 11 days ago, felt he had not had sufficient time in two training sessions to instil the style he wanted before the 1-0 defeat at Cardiff City last weekend.

Given a full week’s coaching, however, he was able to put across his ideas about high-pressing, high-energy football and Saints’ supporters were delighted with the result.

REUTERS/Writing by Steve Tongue Editing by Ian Chadband

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