Arsenal verdict: Huddersfield could have nicked a result if they wasn’t so toothless in attack


ALEX IWOBI and Alexandre Lacazette made things look simple with two first half goals as Arsenal secured the vital three points.

Yet had the opposition been any more menacing than the toothless Terriers, Unai Emery’s side might have struggled.

Arsenal edged out a 2-1 victory away to Huddersfield courtesy of goals from Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette
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As the home fans were singing just before Lacazette claimed his 12th goal of the season : “How **** can you be? It’s only one – nil!”

Even so this was the Gunners’ first away win since beating Bournemouth on November 25.

They had lost four and drawn one of their last five on the road but once Iwobi got lucky in the 17th minute Huddersfield were on their way to a seventh successive Prem defeat.

Sead Kolasinac fired over a low cross and while Iwobi connected he got no power on his strike.

Iwobi netted a deflected opener after volleying home in the 17th minute
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Lacazette tapped in just before the break after being picked out by Ainsley Maitland-Niles

But Ben Hamer, in goal with No 1 Jonas Lossl ill, was sent the wrong way by Terence Kongolo’s deflection.

Arsenal’s second goal at least nodded towards the Beautiful Game.

Laurent Koscielny crossed and Henrikh Mkhitaryan controlled before touching to Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

His drive across the six yard box was touched in by Lacazette just before the break.

The Terriers grabbed a consolation strike through a Sead Kolasinac own goal late on
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Huddersfield remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table

Jan Siwert’s side had a very decent claim for a penalty denied between those goals when Koscielny got in the way of Jason Puncheon’s strike and deflected with his right forearm.

Indeed the new boss saw plenty of spirit from his side and even some decent attempts on goal, and they were rewarded with a goal late on after Kolasinac stabbed home into his own net.

But those fans who were poking fun at Arsenal were also chanting that their Terriers are already down – no matter all the positive noises still coming from Siewert.



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