It was tough going at the Emirates this afternoon, but Lucas Torreira’s 83rd minute winner ensured Arsenal took all three points against Huddersfield, as well as extending the unbeaten run to 21 games in all competitions.

The Uruguayan’s second goal in as many home games was a spectacular way to grab a win, but there are defensive issues for Unai Emery with injuries and suspensions stacking up as we head into the busy festive period.

Read the Arsenal 1-0 Huddersfield match report and watch the goal here

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Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

I would hate to play against Lichtsteiner, he is a prick, but he’s our prick!!!

Only 2 players that can come away from that game & say they weren’t sub par, Big papa & Lil Terrier.

Reincheque
Reincheque

I thought Mickey T Ryan was especially poor…

yen
yen

I actually think that Bellerin, Xhaka and Kolasinac were really good too. They played well even in the first half, but Huddersfield pressed nicely & we badly lacked a proper attacking midfielder to hold the ball upfront. Introduction of Mhiky + Iwobi unfortunately didn´t really solve it as they actually were sub par.

This game really lacked an in-form Ozil.

Runzac
Runzac

3 games in 6 days. Of course some will be sub par

Hantal
Hantal

Mkhi hasn’t played the entire games, he should be better

Mpls
Mpls

He should be, by and large. But he and Iwobi did somewhat change the game when they came on. We were more purposeful on attack and forward possession with them on the pitch.

Rich
Rich

I thought Guendouzi was very good, he produced two outrageous passes in the first half, was involved in the goal, should have had a pen and covered a lot of ground, he’s a real baller. Torriera+Guendouzi for £33 million is exceptional business, hats off to Sven Mislintat.
Thought Xhaka one dodgy moment aside was really very good today as well, he’s really growing as a player, and other than the Watford game he’s been very consistent this season, and off the back of some very good form at the back end of last season.

chopper4001
chopper4001

I thought Xhaka looked rusty to be honest, and I’m not sure the 3 man midfield suited him, but the captaincy really seems to have brought out the best in him this season. He was made captain at Mönchengladbach at the age of 22, so it’s clearly something he thrives on.

Helps having someone alongside him to knows how to play too.

(Personally I thought he did dive for his yellow, which wasn’t great to see, but then I was on a crappy stream so…)

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Agree, thought he was mostly excellent in recent weeks but today was a bit of the Xhaka from last season. Often too careless and I also think it was a dive. As good as he has been lately he needs to be on his toes as Guendouzi is really knocking on the door and Torreira is probably the first name on the team sheet at the moment.

Charvakan

When players lose the ball in midfield (or anywhere else) these days, they very often use any contact or near contact to go down and spare themselves blushes and maybe even buy a foul. Yes, Xhaka could and should have kept his feet. But if what today’s ref did is the new FA policy, the yellow cards will be raining down. I don’t see Guendouzi’s yellow as at all justified, but Mustafi was trying to con the ref into a penalty so I have no problem with that one. The whistle and card should have stayed in his pocket for Xhaka.

Henrypiresberg
Henrypiresberg

I still remember people saying that papa is bit out of shape and slow..but I love it when our players prove critics wrong..with respect to miki..his work of the ball is better than Özil but you expect CAMs to unlock defences that’s where he fails everytime.

Charvakan

Every game, Sokratis amazes me by outrunning some opposition forward to a through ball. He’s not slow!

Red Cannon
Red Cannon

According to the speed tests at the beginning of the season, he was the 3rd fastest player on our team, after Bellerin & Aubamyang. So yeah, not slow.

Forest gooner
Forest gooner

Should watch just the 2nd half 😪

David Hawke
David Hawke

Second goal in as many games? Did he get a sneaky winner against Man United I didn’t hear about?

Filip
Filip

I actually had a notification from arsenal.com that he did score at Old Trafford in the 87th minute! It was a mistake, alas…

Pedant
Pedant

Torreira, whoa-oh, Torreira, …..

Love that guy.

Ellis McPickle
Ellis McPickle

Well that was awful to watch…but a win is a win. Might have to bring back the inanimate carbon rod for cb cover at this rate.

Kiran Krishnamurthy
Kiran Krishnamurthy

We can’t catch a break from shit refereeing. The commentators hate us, we concede offside goals, we concede dives, our goals are disallowed, injury time added at Emirates always seem to be less than 4 minutes when we need a winner. Yet we keep going. Can’t wait for VAR.

Almọnd
Almọnd

The commentators annoy me most. I think they hate us because we don’t have many English first team players and they never expected us to be where we are

Kiran Krishnamurthy
Kiran Krishnamurthy

Not to mention, we are accused of getting high blowing balloons at a kid’s birthday party. *smh*.

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

Torreira woooooah!

Kudos to Lichs and Sokratis stepping up to the Huddersfield’s players.

Afoly
Afoly

Let’s keep fighting…. The battle is a tough won

Scwibble
Scwibble

Im curious as to why Emery took Laca off, I always feel that we can get a goal with him, I can’t say the same about Aubameyang.

Iwobi just is not good enough for arsenal football club I am sorry (no I’m not)

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

I think you forget Auba’s goalscoring against Sp*rs

Leon Uruguayo
Leon Uruguayo

I think you also forgot how Iwobi has played this season and looks like a player transformed as compared to last season.

Tommy Gunner
Tommy Gunner

I wonder if your downvotes are for your comment about Aubameyang or your comment about Iwobi.

Because I agree entirely with your view about Iwobi. And I see where you’re coming from with Aubameyang, but I (respectfully) disagree

Scwibble
Scwibble

I fully respect opinions, I have been watching all the games this season and have seen the best of iwobi, but really he is a player that doesn’t make sense for us. He has no dribbling ability, can’t take on a man or two, can’t get himself into positions to take good shots on goal, can’t cross. Back passing all the time and trying to play playmaker on the side, he’s not going to make it as into cm position to do that so why keep him.

With Aubameyang its just that he is missing sitters every game that I have seen him, and has scored goals I’d consider half chances, he could be leading the PL and top scorer by much more and put us in positions to win games or to be more comfortable. He deserves criticism, just like the defence does every week.

Mistafi
Mistafi

Iwobi.. no dribbling ability? You do realize he gets marked way more now? And he’s still a young, developing player. Not every player will be a Messi or a Ronaldo.

Auba has always been this way misses more big chances than any other striker in Europe. Still scores boat loads. He admits he doesn’t feel 100% give him time.

None of the players ‘deserve’ criticism from spectators. There is a coaching staff that gets paid to do that and by the looks of it they do it frequently.

GuendouziBallonD'Or
GuendouziBallonD'Or

Good to see Monreal back in the side. Perfect timing as I think we should now revert to a back 4. I would love to see a lineup with Ozil, Mhiki, Auba, and Lacazette. Will be difficult to fit them all in the team, but a frightening attacking four.

TENNESSEE
TENNESSEE

Who is the Ozil chap of whom you speak?

Stafflod
Stafflod

Oh please…

Billy Enfield
Billy Enfield

@ Tennessee.
It’s that guy that plays number 10 for us but only once in a while.
Apparently he plays around 5 hours a day in front of the telly (video games) and that’s why he – most often than not – has a backache. From my personal experience, that deemed to be true even if you play for 2 hours. The difference between me and him is that I don’t call in sick at work and I am not on £350K a week.
Disappointed with him. That’s the legacy of AW and Gazidis. Keep players that are not fully committed just because of their fame.
Bow down to Emery. His message: you either do what’s required of you or bench it is

Hantal
Hantal

Can someone please tell Bellerin to stop ‘having a go’

His shooting is well off and he keeps wasting opportunities going for long range goals he’s not going to score

gooner1981
gooner1981

Or maybe improve his shooting? He gets into decent positions. A shot on target would give keepers trouble. He hits it with enough venom

Tim Miller
Tim Miller

I tried to buy into the “Iwobi better under Emery” narrative, but I can’t see any real evidence of it. He’s had great spells under AW, too, his main problem being his lack of continuity. We all know what he is capable of, which is why displays like today’s leave me puzzled. While decision-making has never been his strength, where did all those heavy touches and technical mistakes come from? Such a shame, because when he does play well, he really can add something to this team!

Samgunz
Samgunz

To be fair iwobi did do some good things in the game, and there were many who were also only managing a few quality moments, so if we’re gonna go at iwobi, may as well slate the rest, more so as he is younger and less experienced, he is merely struggling with confidence. Has tonnes of ability, still raw, let him grow. Look at Bellerin, iwobi needs another season before we deem him not good enough for afc.

The_Kolkata_Gooner
The_Kolkata_Gooner

We were really poor today. The least you could expect from Auba and Laca is for them to be on target those two times in the first-half…we could have killed the game off there and rested some of the overworked players for the second half. Lack of creativity is also a bit worrying…very poor final passes from Mkhi and Iwobi, no coordination between the forwards and midfielders, something that was manifested in the Man Utd game as well.
Having said that, fatigue must definitely be a factor here with the team not up to 100% with games coming thick and fast, and rotation not a viable option due to injury in key positions. In spite of that, to dig in and get a win (and a clean sheet) is a great positive, and full credit to the team and Emery for that.

Charvakan

Fatigue is a factor for every team, Huddersfield included. One thing that made us look ordinary today was the constant fouling. If that ref needed to brandish cards, it should have started with persistent fouling every time we had the ball in that first half. Wagner clearly wanted to have an ugly game, and that’s what we saw. They grabbed and tripped in the middle third as a matter of course.

Billy Enfield
Billy Enfield

Of course Wagner wanted an ugly game, same as Moaninho. They know that they cannot take us on in a straight football game. They’d get battered. But we make it really hard for ourselves and our players don’t seem to realise the fact that by being clinical and taking our chances, we give the opposition no hope in hell to come back at us and so they get deflated. The game becomes easier to manage and we don’t have to burn so much valuable energy which can be used the next game ( with so many injuries and games every 2/3 days).

Gudang Pelor
Gudang Pelor

Mustafi didn’t dive, he was kicked in the foot.

Espen
Espen

Yes. It should have been a penalty. Instead the ref gave a yellow for diving. And when xhaka was fouled the ref gave a yellow for diving. When the huddersfield striker went looking for contact and took a dive the ref didn’t give a yellow.

lordMartynz
lordMartynz

It’s okay to call us Arsenal FC.. Aka Second half FC.😂😂. We are the second half king, I never get scared going into second half even when we are losing..

Dreamer
Dreamer

Am I the only one upset that Lacazette came off??? I understand him and Auba didn’t link up as well as we would have liked in the first half but I feel like he should have stayed on and give him, Auba, and Mkhitaryan a chance to do something before bringing Iwobi on

Santori
Santori

Frankly when Ozil recovers from spasm, would like to see him in an inverted triangle with Auba and Laca up top supported by Granit and Torreira.

Shank

I don’t agree totally about the ref…….thought he was average just, but not a Mike prickface Dean.
I don’t agree totally about Torreira………he was perfect……10 please.

Vonnie
Vonnie

This ref was so bad he made Dean look good, and the linesmen were no better. It was disgraceful and totally biased
performance and the sooner VAR comes the better.

Tristian Beale
Tristian Beale

Var is only good if ran by good refs. Its been shit when the fa have used it.

GraeB
GraeB

Strictly speaking, I think Laca was offside when the header went toward him BUT I’m still not sure at what point the flag went up. If not immediately, then the back pass did not put him offside. Salah was definitely offside for his first goal yesterday but not given. Auba was caught offside too much today and with his speed I don’t think he needs to be.

I think 2 of our dives were just stupid, Mus did get a touch but really…..? This ref seemed to want to make a point with cards but certainly wasn’t consistent in approach. The rotational fouling is something we saw from Leicester when winning the league but needs to be stopped. ManC are also clever with midfield “minor” tugs to stop breaks.

VAR is likely to add 10 minutes to games and still relies on interpretation

Gary Baldy
Gary Baldy

Surely a more complimentary chant for our diminutive Uraguayan has to be :

Torreira, whoa o-o-o, Torreira,
He comes from Fray Bentos,
He plays football like a boss,
Torreira, whoa o-o-o, Torreira !!!!!

Gary Baldy
Gary Baldy

Or . . .

Torreira, whoa o-o-o, Torreira,
He like to play one-twos
When he scores we never lose*,
Torreira, whoa o-o-o, Torreira !!!!!

* True at time of writing.

Okay, so I might have got carried away with this one.

Goonshow
Goonshow

Good god man, that’s indescribably shite!

Henrypiresberg
Henrypiresberg

City’s invincible aura is gone wrt to defeat with Chelsea. Off topic but that shows what a difficult feat Wenger achieved for us.

Gary Baldy
Gary Baldy

Right, now all we need is somebody to beat Liverpool !

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were the ones to hunt them down just after Christmas !

Almọnd
Almọnd

I can’t agree less

Santori
Santori

If no one does it, I’d love it if we were the ones to spank them and rid the whole second coming nonsense, expose Klopp for the fraud that he is.

Liverpuddle get too many decisions gifted to them by Refs.

djourou's nutmeg
djourou's nutmeg

iwobi is useless, every single time he’s got the ball he’s got to do that thing where he moves his legs like he’s got an epileptic seizure, losing the ball or just passing it backwards. mikhi is playing bad, nothing ever comes off for him and should be dropped. both auba and laca are inconsistent: they score amazing goals all the time and then miss a sitter every game. for all the praise he’s been given, auba has missed at least one sitter in all of his last games. kolasinac is making amazing runs, but no matter what the play always ends up in a corner kick.

on the other side, big papa is a fucking beast: at times when other players in the past would have been way too naive, he’s assured and convincing. he may do other things wrong but can’t fault his fierce attitude. torreira, what a lad, never afraid of a tackle. guendouzi’s got amazing energy and offensive value. glad to see monreal and koscielny back on track.

Scwibble
Scwibble

I agree fully with what you are saying, iwobi and mhki useless, auba is missing sitters even tho he is top scorer. Just imagine if he put them away, I have much more trust in Laca than him but he has slipped every time he has taken shot recently.

People will downvote and idek why but everyone can criticise the defence and not the attack which is absurd, I mean I was pissed that mhki and auba couldn’t have finished those chances against man u.

Santori
Santori

Big Papa who unnecessarily got a yellow for a silly foul to commit in their half?

And half wit decision to shoulder barge De Poitre which could have given them a penalty and earned him a red given the nature of the Ref? Not to mention unnecessary nonsense at the striker which again could have warranted action from the ref?

You’re having a laugh.

American Gooner
American Gooner

Is Huddersfield the PL’s new Stoke? Chippy and plain unlikeable. Poor Lacazette with a perfectly good goal ruled out because the linesman doesn’t know the rules. While I hate to bring him up it reminds me a lot of a goal Adebayor scored back in the day which was also ruled out despite the interception of a back pass.

Santori
Santori

Linesman and Ref completely clueless plonkers.

And second game in a row we have had card happy Refs who have affected the game’s fluency.

DBMÖ10
DBMÖ10

0/10 for Tierney. Really looking forward to VAR next season and to see the back of these make-a-wish refs.

Thierry bergkamp
Thierry bergkamp

I thought that ref looked like Iniesta. A police sketch artist😅

Santori
Santori

Ref was card happy.

Got two offsides completely wrong (Laca latching on to their poor back pass and Auba on to Mustafi’s fantastic ball over the top)

Also ridiculous yellows for Mustafi and Guendouzi in the box but mysteriously nothing for LePoitre.

Had it been Liverpuddle, we would have got penalties.

BOLLOCKS.

Timsh
Timsh

I think it was a clear dive from Guendouzi.
If the opposition did this sort of thing in our box and got a penalty for it, everyone would be furious.
However, this was about the only decision the ref got right yesterday!

Kartik Iyer
Kartik Iyer

There was one moment when xhaka was surrounded by 2-3 of the opposition players and they tried to get the ball from him but he somehow managed to retain the possession and pass back. In previous seasons, this would have led to a goal for the other team. Xhaka has really transformed into a good player and he can get better and better.

Titus Nsajigwa Msusi
Titus Nsajigwa Msusi

Lucas Torerra and Papa is our heal

Santori
Santori

He has improved a lot.

Partly he has better assets now around him in Torreira and GUendouzi.

BUT he has also responded to the coaching and improved his awareness plus ball retention skills.

Still a couple of poor decisions passing out when we were under duress but same can be said fro Torreira and Guendouzi.

Many players are improving under Emery’s tutelage and attention to the details.

Mustafi another on who is improving his game and adding a threat releasing balls form over the top from deep, one which found Auba who took it down brilliantly but the linesman (not for the first time) erroneously called an offside on it.

Kolasinac another one inexplicably criticised for being ‘lazy’ by blogs, short memory. Bellerin had same criticism made on him and look how he has improved too.

Too many people have the voices of some simpleton punditry in their ears. They cannot see beyond popular criticism on certain players or make the space to provide for potential improvements.

Santori
Santori

Not the most fluent particularly in final application.

First half selection of 3 midfielders was interesting. We controlled the game and Lacazette very unlucky to be incorrectly penalised for off side for his goal.

Second half switch to Iwobi-Mhki supporting Auba paid dividends for a while then it got quite scruffy in part due to ref.

Leno – Solid enough today. Came out bravely to stop the ball, alert to dangers.

Bellerin – Plenty of output first half with Auba or Lacazette drifting wide to help. A bit more scrappy second half but some great first touches first half and use of space.

Lichsteiner – Solid game for us and we may need to depend on him further in a back 3 coming up. May get exposed in a fullback role these days but a back 3 may suit him.

Mustafi – Unwarranted yellow by card happy ref. Unfortunate we are without him and Sokratis now plus hamstring (hopefully he mends quickly). One very gorgeous ball over the top to find Auba who picked it out of the sky very well (but ruled again erroneously off side). As mentioned, those not paying attention to this would continue to perplex themselves as to why he is picked so consistently at cback.

Sokratis – Solid through the game but completely unnecessary tackle to warrant the card happy ref and his yellow card. Then very risky shoulder barge at close to end on DePoitre followed by even more dangerous remonstration which could have earned a red and more severe issues for us.

Kolasinac – Solid game today particularly dangeroud first half but did not neglect defensive duties. Some people unnecessarily called him lazy conveniently forgetting the opprobium and criticism similarly levelled at Bellerin for quite a while. He needs time to work back in and the back 3 allows him that space to capitalise on his strength going forward whilst working back his defensive acumen.

Granit – Strong in control of the ball but overplayed several times and some loose passes when we were still under a bit of pressure. Good deliveries from corner but no one to fully capitalise on them.

Torreira – Has to be MOTM. Has a taste for blood now with that acrobatic goal plus a superb effort from range first half. I don’t think we have a DM. We have (As in Wenger’s last years) a rotational midfield triangle taking turns at deep end with Granit the most likely to sit in that position bc of his long range passing but both Guendouzi and Torreira as well have this ability.

Guendouzi – Plenty of energy and running but a great cross field pass to pick out Auba which led to the goal.

Lacazette – Very unfortunate to be awarded off side for that goal he snatched off the poor pass from their defender. Plenty of use of strength and distribution which particularly helped Bellerin. Should have done better with oppportunity in the 28th minute instead conspired to slip.

Auba – Some beautiful lay offs including a wonderous dummy off a Mustafi pass. Should have done better with his opportunity 27th minute. from Granit which he skewered wide. Needs to be more concious of where the ball is when played on the break with ball from behind him. Otherwise great work to fashion the assist for Torreira.

Iwobi – Introduced second half for width and duly provided again in tandem with Kolasinac ( one great layoff to set the Bosnian into the box). Some uncharacteristic poor first touches middle of second half but then great protection on the ball particularly toward last few minutes when he kept it in their corner flag. Also like his strength these days. He won’t be bullied off the ball in one instance dribbling and battling through several challenges to carry the ball forward from our half on left side.

Mhki – Getting slightly better. Started with good intent second half but seem to fizzle a bit. BUT he does play the ball quickly which helps us transition faster at times. Still,good to see Ozil on the bench and hope to see the German maybe employed in a reverse triangle with Laca and Auba to feed in front of him.

Monreal – Good to see him return and cannot be anymore timely (ditto Koscielny). I feel we will be more secure in a back 3 with Koscielny and Monreal plus Lichsteiner out right side at least for next two games without Mustafi, Sokratis or Holding (Qarabag will provide the test)

Unai – Brave decision making again on the half. He doesn’t dilly dally. A bit of an issue at the moment at Cback he will have to solve with resources on hand. BUT great to see him calming the players down particularly last ten minutes. Its inexplicable why we cannot seem to take a lead at half time but its 21 games unbeaten and counting.

Still work in progress but the team believe in themselves more and in the manager, that he can provide an extra 10-20% to win them games with his tactical changes.

Also good to see all that rondo sessions in training paying off with the players working out of tight confines. BUT they still have to remember not to over do it (Granit the main culprit twice but Torreira and Genundouzi also with errant passes)

Overall, 3 points and close and amongst the pidgeons is all that matters.

OnAnyBlock
OnAnyBlock

Actually very well balanced and positive, well done

Elcamino
Elcamino

Auba and Laca need to take their chances. Auba has missed some absolute sitters in tye past few games. Laca also missed a great chance….although his goal should have counted.
Tierrera..what can you say!!!!