Match Report: Huddersfield Town 1 – 2 Arsenal

Huddersfield Town (0) 1 Arsenal (2) 2
Premier League
John Smith’s Stadium, Stadium Way, Huddersfield HD1 6PG
Saturday, 9th February 2019. Kick-off time: 3.00pm
(4-2-3-1) Leno; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles; Torreira, Guendouzi; Kolašinac, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Iwobi.
Substitutes: Čech, Elneny, Lichtsteiner, Suárez, Mavropanos, Nketiah, Willock
Scorers: Iwobi, Lacazette
Yellow Cards: Maitland-Niles, Kolašinac
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Attendance: 24,182
The mixture of joy and relief on the Arsenal players’ faces at the end of the match was clearly there for all to see; at last, an away win in the Premiership, the first since the victory at Bournemouth on 25th November. But let’s not get too carried away with this win in West Yorkshire today – it was hard work, dogged and at times, downright frustrating for everyone associated with Arsenal Football Club.
The good thing about these three points chalked up on the board is that a top four place is still in our sights, although it has to be said, there are some difficult matches ahead, namely Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, all of whom are now in the ascendancy. The messy business that became the first goal after just fifteen minutes, scored by young Alex Iwobi via a deflection that ended up in the bottom corner of the Huddersfield goal, merely reflected the fact that at that point in the match, albeit early in the fray, we were in control. After that, the first period became a push-me-pull-you affair of transitional football. Hats off to The Terriers, though, they didn’t just lay back and accept their fate, they did create some chances that made our defenders work for their wages, and at times we were looking frail in our own penalty area.
But, above all of this, it has to be said that every time we went on the offensive, Huddersfield appeared to fold in at the back and did have problems containing our strikers. The excellent Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who had a superb game overall today, was causing real damage on the flanks, and when he expertly slotted the ball across to Alexandre Lacazette to score our second and final goal just before the break, it was with the skill of a golfer with ice-cool nerves who had to make a final putt to win the Ryder Cup for Europe. This player has a superb future in the game, as his overall vision and intuition belies his tender years. The second half beckoned, and with it as we have seen so many times this season, a different Arsenal appeared from behind the curtain.
By rights, being 2-0 up, we should have built on this score and gone back to North London in the knowledge that we scored a hat-full of goals on our march to the top four of the Premiership, but hey, this is Arsenal, remember. There were times, it has to be said, when Huddersfield could have, would have and defintely should have scored, but somehow lacked the final certain something needed to give us cause for concern. Despite Mr. Emery bringing on Mohamed Elneny for the lacklustre Lucas Torreira and Denis Suárez for Henrikh Mkhitaryan (who looked impressive earlier in the match), we were unable to add to the two goals that we scored in the first half. Just when we thought we were going to walk away with our first match of the season with a clean sheet, Sead Kolašinac ham-fistedly directed the ball into his own net deep into injury time.
Look, three points is nothing to sneeze at, but it should be noted that Huddersfield’s statistics were somehow better than ours; fifteen goal attempts to our nine, five corners to our none (unbelievable) and their overall possession was 54% to Arsenal’s 46%. No disrespect at all to our old friends, but it was a good job we weren’t facing a top four club today, as we may well have been punished badly for our efforts. It has been widely reported that Mr. Emery may have an increased budget of £45-60,000,000 available for transfer deals this summer; if that is the case, then let’s hope we get in a 2 or 3 quailty players to push for starting places. Remember everyone, keep the faith, get behind the team and the manager, as these early days are going to be crucial for our future success in all competitions. Stick with the winners. Victoria Concordia Crescit.

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2 thoughts on “Match Report: Huddersfield Town 1 – 2 Arsenal

  1. Stan The Man

    A good win in my opinion. Our boys can be frustrating at times, but then, a win is a win. Imagine if this was a draw. I’ll take this win any and every day of the week, thank you very much.

    We will definitely get better as more of our better players come back from injuries and loss of form. It is definitely not over for us yet.



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