Unai Emery praised his side’s attitude as Arsenal beat Huddersfield 2-1 although he admits his side didn’t control the game the way he’d have liked.
Goals from Alex Iwobi and Alex Lacazette put the Gunners in charge at the break but the way the Premier League’s bottom side dominated possession in the second half, created more chances and eventually reduced the deficit, albeit late in the game, was a concern.
While the performance was far from pretty, Emery was pleased that his side ended a six-game winless streak away from home, dating back to November.
“It was a good victory and very good work today,” the Spaniard told the BBC. “We said before the match we have to run like they are going to run because they needed these three points.
“First we had to bring the attitude to struggle in the 90 minutes and after we wanted to control the match with possession. We didn’t take the possession in the 90 minutes but they conceded in the transitions because they pushed a lot with the high press. We found moments in the match to make the difference.
“Today, I think our work was very good and it breaks our away record because we didn’t win away from home in a long time. Our way is continuing and we are closer to the top four.”
Arsenal were 30 seconds away from securing their first clean sheet away from home before Sead Kolasinac put through his own net. While another defensive blip proved frustrating, Emery made clear that victory was all that mattered.
He added: “A clean sheet is another thing we want before every match but we spoke about a lot of things about the match and the win is the first thing, we just had to score one goal more than them.
“The attitude is great from everybody. We had to struggle for 90 minutes because we knew they’d push and they pushed. When we had our chances to be calm and finish our chances, maybe we can do better but it’s good work today, in all situations offensively and defensively.”