Report: Huddersfield 1-2 Arsenal (inc. goals)

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Result: Huddersfield Town 1-2 Arsenal
Competition: Premier League
Date: 9th February 2019
Venue: John Smith’s Stadium

Starting XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Guendouzi, Torreira, Iwobi, Kolasinac, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette

Subs: Cech, Elneny, Lichsteiner, Suarez, Mavropanos, Willock, Nketiah


Arsenal beat Huddersfield Town 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium to record their first Premier League away win since November.

Goals from Alex Iwobi and Alex Lacazette put the Gunners in charge at the break and while we were comfortable for much of the second period, Sead Kolasinac’s stoppage-time own goal ensured there was a nervy ending to proceedings. 

First half

There were two changes to the lineup that started against Manchester City last weekend with Ainsley Maitland-Niles replacing Stephan Lichtsteiner and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, back from six weeks out with a broken metatarsal, replacing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon international and Mesut Ozil both missed out with an illness that had been doing the rounds at London Colney. To add to Emery’s headache both Aaron Ramsey (slight knee problem) and Granit Xhaka (groin) were also missing. It meant we set up with a 3-4-3 shape, Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira asked to play box-to-box roles and Lacazette pushed into a central position up front.

In very windy conditions, we made a bright start. Tackles were won, our passing triangles were neat and attacks were launched at pace. Both Iwobi and Lacazette had early chances to find the net, but neither tested the keeper.

When the breakthrough came on 16 minutes, it was fully deserved. Kolasinac, charging down the left wing, delivered a pinpoint cross to Iwobi bounding into the box at the back post and the Nigerian did well to control a first-time volley on the angle down into the ground. Keeper Ben Hamer seemed to have it covered but a slight nick off Kongolo, who’d turned his back, left him wrong-footed. Iwobi and Maitland-Niles toasted their luck by indulging in a celebratory dance. (1-0)

Against a side as poor as Huddersfield, we really should have turned the screw but instead, we gradually let the home side back into the game. They probed the channels, tried long balls, penned us in, made fouls – one by Kachunga on Kolasinac was worthy of a red – and forced errors in possession. Leno got pulses racing chasing after a high free-kick and Koscielny was lucky to avoid being penalised for a shot he blocked in the area with the help of his arm.

For all that, Huddersfield still looked like a side with only five goals to their name all season. They had no real cutting edge. What’s more, every time they pushed forward they left themselves open to the counter-attack.

Lacazette, Mkhitaryan and Iwobi were all a handful for the home side’s backline, despite being ponderous occasionally, and Maitland-Niles’ pace gave us an attacking dimension we’ve missed when forced to field Lichtsteiner.

A minute before half time, Lacazette doubled the lead. It looked as though Mkhitaryan had made a mess of things when a first through ball was cut out, but the Armenian did well to retrieve possession and then to feed Maitland-Niles on the overlap. With players lining up to score, he fizzed a ball across the six-yard box for Lacazette to tap home. (2-0)

Second half

With nothing to lose, the Terriers were menacing in the opening stages of the second half. Leno did well to stop a low shot by Adama Diakhaby, Juninho Bacuna dragged wide and Diakhaby failed to convert Jason Puncheon’s shot with the goal gaping.

In between, Elneny, on for Lucas Torreira on 58 minutes, had a chance to make an immediate impact but headed a Kolasinac cross wide. Having climbed over Lacazette to get to the ball, he got an earful from the Frenchman who was probably better placed to score.

For the most part, we were happy to sit deep and soak up pressure before pushing hard on the break. Iwobi had a great chance to kill the game, but having been put through one-on-one by Mkhitaryan he couldn’t squeeze his effort past Hamer. When the Armenian had a chance of his own, he fell over. A flurry of end-to-end action climaxed with Koscielny bailing out Leno who’d spilt a Diakhaby shot.

Substitute Depoitre flashed just wide and Monreal was forced to hack a clearance off the goal line as more chances came and went for the home side in the final ten minutes. It looked like we might be on course to record our first clean sheet on the road all season, but right at the death, Kolasinac put through his own net. (2-1)

Huddersfield finished the game with six more efforts on goal (15-9), including two more on target (6-4), and having made 20 more crosses and 86 more passes. This is a side who have lost 12 and drawn one of their last 13 games.

On the plus side, the result takes us to 50 points, level with Chelsea who have a game in hand, however, after United’s win against Fulham, we’re still sixth in the table. Attention now turns to a Europa League double-header with BATE Borisov before we return to league action against Southampton and Bournemouth.

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Adam
Adam

‚A lill bit good, a lill bit shit.’

Bob's Mexican Cousin
Bob's Mexican Cousin

More shit than good in my opinion.

A Fleeting Glimpse
A Fleeting Glimpse

They had more possession and attempts than us. This will end with our way out of his depth manager being sacked. Until then it’s gonna be painful.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

You genuinely know nothing!

martin
martin

We won and and now we can play strongest possible team in the one tournament we can win. Never troubled today and Emery strategy worked well. Good manager

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Qhat a load of bullshit. It’s not Emery’s responsibility if the of every player on the squad he’s given can’t even play a simple pass to an open teammate.
How many times have Mustafi, Kola, Iwobi…etc miss-passed the ball out the park? How can you organize a defense to defend if your players put the ball in their own nets? How will the defense improve when almost every player we have is incapable of tackling the ball or dispossessing the opponent??
It’s an impossible job, and people are moaning and overreacting as if they never saw Arsenal like this before, or like we’re a defending champion of the PL , not a club who’s been playing shit for so many years now.

KingKolo
KingKolo

‘A fleeting glimpse’ … What is the basis of your comment? Do you regularly read arseblog and other intelligent publications? How could you think Emery is out of his depth? Which manager in the entire world would you have instead? Why not offer something intelligent to the debate. Like holding your view and explaining it. I hate that I can’t join in football debates even on great sites without nonsense about Unai Emery being out of depth after an away win. This kind of crazy desire for instant satisfaction is so boring. Arsenal does not exist for your baby-like, ‘world-revolves-around-me’ personal satisfaction.

A Fleeting Glimpse
A Fleeting Glimpse

Be patient kingkolo. If you want wisdom and insight read red-sky. He is wasted on here 😂😂😂

Anne Noyd
Anne Noyd

The front 3 looked like they’d never played together before.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

I’m not sure if they actually have.

Maniac

Shit attitude. We needed three points and we got three points. Now there’s even more pressure on Chelsea with their trip to the Etihad tomorrow. Lose that and we’re level, so let’s hope City do us a favour.

myrtle
myrtle

I’ve seen more chemistry on love island.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

What’s worse, this team or that you watch that crap?

myrtle
myrtle

Chill out TB it’s a joke

Adam
Adam

After giving it a thought – yeap, you’re right. In fact it was as shitty shit as shit can be. Still, threr points was all what mattered today so I take this shit.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

I don’t understand the thinking behind people who claim to support Arsenal! 🙄

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Unbelievable how our players can’t play under any pressure, even 5 yard passes became a difficulty. Can’t make even the simplest of decisions. How can anyone blame the coach after this??
No wonder we are regressing.

martin
martin

We won comfortably and stilll challenging for top 4 place and should progress in Europa League. No regression

Mpls
Mpls

Part of it is circumstances. The team sheet has been chopped and changed crazily at least since the holiday break. Largely because of injuries, but also because Emery likes to adjust his lineups regularly.

The players lack “automatisms”. When they were under pressure too often they didn’t have the chemistry of knowing where someone would be – or where to be for them.

Of course this shouldn’t apply to the left side where Iwobi and Kola have played together a ton, but they also didn’t have the Ramsey or Ozil linkage.

Mkhi’s first in 10 games. AMN, already a 2nd option backup at right back is freshly back into the squad after a few matches out injured. No Xhaka – injured – which actually really affects our calmness and composure in the middle. He and Torreira are our best holding combo. Torreira must be suffering a bit of the illness that’s going around if he’s getting subbed. Lacazette is used to a run of matches playing alongside Auba. And there was a conspicuous attacking-midfielder-shaped-hole on the pitch. This team was a bit of a podge.

Gunnermite
Gunnermite

“Unbelievable how our players can’t play under any pressure, even 5 yard passes became a difficulty. Can’t make even the simplest of decisions. How can anyone blame the coach after this??”
Who should be blamed then? Wenger!?
This is the exact shit why fans called for Wenger’s sacking. Why should it be different with Emery? Don’t tell me Wenger brought in Mustafi, I could tell you Emery brought in Leichsteiner too. How can you go in with 8 defensive players against a bottom table team expecting slick passing football. His choice of players on the day dictated the crap passing you are moaning about. Emery and no one else is to be blame for choosing crap passers of the ball over Ozil and Ramsey.

Bob
Bob

Absolutely agree. This Huddersfield team is as poor as any to grace the bottom of the premier league for years, and not only do we set up without any plan to control the ball or game, we manage to let a team who haven’t scored for 10 hours (!) to fuck up our clean sheet.

People are saying give Emery time to let his vision come through, look at Klopp and Guardiola took them a few years, but what the hell is Emery’s vision? Both Klopp and Guardiola had successful styles from other leagues they had to make work in England, and did after time. Emery doesn’t have this at all. We can give him time to imprint his style on the club, but if that style is mediocre then we will have fucked up big time.

Emery is a Europa cup manager solidifying us as a Europa league team. Mid-table teams set up to absorb pressure and nick goals, like we did today against Huddersfield ffs! They can’t even buy a goal, but they dominated us and gave them one for free. Big teams have style and strategy to how they play, regardless of the opposition. That’s how they consistently succeed match after match. We have no fucking plan half the time and the cause is manager not having a true, effective philosophy, except to adapt to teams. That should be the bare minimum, not our only goal.

North for short.
North for short.

Try supporting the Arsenal in 1975. We were bottom of the league but everybody for behind the team. Yes,Mustafi scares the living s#@% out of me when defending but so did Jeff Blockle back in the day. Stop moaning and support the team through thick and thin and spare a thought for the Huddersfield supporters, who thought their team made an improvement.

Shite
Shite

3 Takeaways:

1) 3 points are 3 points however you get them
2) We hate clean sheets so much we have to score one for them.
3) Am I the only one who wants to punch most of our players in the face?

Rayk 47

With your name I’m sure you could walk into our first team right now

Shite
Shite

I was going to say I’m old, slow and turn like a battleship…but then I remembered Lichsteiner.

Naijagooner
Naijagooner

If this was a Chelsea or man u game this team would have played better, I think something is wrong,the players are kinda lackadaisical when they are not under pressure to produce…thankful for the three points,now let’s get DAT top 4 and europa

Redsy
Redsy

Cant understand why these gob shytes are practicing frikken dances for after goals do they really think they are that good… I’d shove that robotic effort up his you know what

Jack
Jack

Honestly if you’re going to play that many defensive players it’s just going to invite pressure. Absolutely embarrassing conceding a goal. You could see that coming from a mile away.

Bob's Mexican Cousin
Bob's Mexican Cousin

They hadn’t scored since last year. Ridiculous defending.

David C
David C

If they had a striker that was half as good as Laca then I think we lose that game. Was Ozil sick or ‘sick’? I really thought this would have been a good game for him.

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

On this occasion I would blame the players over the manager. So many opportunities to finish off the game.

martin
martin

Pressure what pressure?

Bob's Mexican Cousin
Bob's Mexican Cousin

If they’re trying to edge out Özil, they are going the cowardly way about it. Idiots.

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Look, he s not going to play away from home. Accept that and save yourself some angst.

Rich
Rich

Ozil is ill….
And I’m not sure he’d have started if he wasn’t, and whilst there’s always a chance Ozil could have hit us with a 10\10 performance…. those type of performances are the exceptional and not the rules, so by the law of averages, it’s much more likely he’d have delivered a 5/10.

I thought Mkhitaryan was very good, but faded in the second half, and whilst I love Torreira+Guendouzi, it was the type of performance that you’ll get from a 19+22yr old.

We won…. but judging by some of these comments, you certainly wouldn’t have guessed it.
It’s not even the middle of Feb, we’re a point off 4th, and yet we’re already entering Emery in/ Emery out territory, which is fuc*ing ridiculous.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

At the start of the season, if you offered this, you can be sure none of the ‘Emery out’ brigade would have refused our current stance in the table with 1 point of the 4th, and with the easiest schedule to come, out of our rivals.
Given all the difficulties we’re in with more than half of our best XI injured or ill.

Mpls
Mpls

I agree with your main point.
But I also downvote any comment with ‘brigade’ or ‘fanboy’.

Why manufacture a fight out of nowhere? There’s plenty of real comments to disagree with if you’re so inclined.

Dan
Dan

What would the “white knight” way be?

Donald's Trump
Donald's Trump

Punch him in the teeth

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

does anybody have any idea or insight as to why we are generally very good at home but always weak, timid, boring, lacking creativity and disorganised away? Where goes the moxey?

Adrian
Adrian

I am still trying to comprehend why Elneny jumped over Laca for header?

Maniac

“My time to shine!”

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

Because he was headed toward goal attacking the ball in the air and not backing up underneath it. I know he has scored zero goals but that ball was his to go for. Laca got in his way.

djourou's nutmeg
djourou's nutmeg

im not a fan of ozil but surely he would do better than iwobi?

Donald's Trump
Donald's Trump

I don’t know. But I remember when all the fans used to say the press are wankers (which they are) for saying ozil doesn’t ‘run arrrraaaaand’ but now it’s fine that he is sidelined for not ‘running arrrraaaaand’ even though he does ‘run arrrraaaaand’ as proved by stats

Maniac

In the least surprising turn of events ever, we concede in the last minute to wipe away our clean sheet lol. Either way, it doesn’t matter. We needed a win and we got the win. Well done!

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

I’d almost forgotten how much better Miki makes us look. Excellent game from him, especially when you consider it’s his first back from injury. Iwobi was great in the first half, pants in the second.
At the risk of sounding churlish, bit dissatisfied overall tbh with that second half. We lacked finesse, was very disappointed Kola didn’t play in Suarez for a great opportunity towards the end – what a start that could have been!

Tim Miller
Tim Miller

Look, I know we won. 3 points, job done.
But let’s all be honest here.
We play 11 points Huddersfield, who sit at the bottom of the league and are as good as relegated.
And what is our managers’s game plan? Defend and hit them on the counter.
We let the dominate possession. They have numerous chances to score. They eventually do score (which they seem to never, ever do). We look dismal during 90% of the game. We give the ball away carelessly too many times. But they are terrible, so we win.
Come one.
Can you be satisfied with that?
Can you be satisfied with Emery’s work?
Horrible game, horrible performance. Borderline incredible. And no, the injuries and illnesses are no excuse, unless you want to argue that their players are better than the ones we had at our disposal (which would be ridiculous).

Adrian
Adrian

Boss : I am trying my best for first clean sheet in away game.
Kola: Hold my beer!

goongot
goongot

God,that slick passing football went away with our dear wenger 🙁

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Thank fuck that we are moving away from the notion that we have to play beautiful football all the time, and trying to build a team that can win ugly as well. It will take time to get the balance right but at least that’s where we are heading.

Edzo
Edzo

yep. we win ugly and we lose ugly. thank fuck…seriously.

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Yes, thank fuck. Emery is trying to build a culture where we work hard and become hard to beat and that takes time. Whether he is the right manager to take us forward, I don’t know. But at least he is moving us away from the fragile teams of the last few years of Wenger.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

fanboys prefer Wenger to Emery because the former would play all the Ozils of the club in one formation with no regard to our defense, team balance, match physicality …etc
Just ignore ’em.

Granit(e) Hard!
Granit(e) Hard!

Thats the problem…though grateful for the win, but both win or lose is plain ugly right now, there should be good football days and bad football days..flipping Huddersfield played slicker football at times than us today…you can feel the fan base, myself included, beginning to feel uneasy with this☹

Liam
Liam

Playing good nice football and being shit, or playing shit and being shit.

Adam
Adam

It went away fron Wenger roughly ten years ago too.

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Harsh! The last two years of Wenger though

kaius
kaius

Forget about when Wenger’s slick football went away, when did it start?

We won our first Wenger title playing rigid 442 but we didn’t see real Wengerball until about 2-3 seasons later. Have some patience guys

Bob
Bob

Sure, but what is Emeryball? And is it worth a 2-3 season wait?

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

It went away way before Arsène did

myrtle
myrtle

No, it’s gone away with players that take a risk and aren’t positional robots like the chaps out today. Aka ramsey and ozil

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Ramsey & Ozil played plenty of away games last season that we were just as rubbish to watch in as we were today.

kaius
kaius

Yep, people have short memories. Thinking of the disastrous Europa League semi as well

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

“Aren’t positional robots” could also so easily be described as “do whatever the fuck they want” … truth lies somewhere in between

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Last few years of AW’s reign were anything but slick.
Same dross if not worse.

Granit(e) Hard!
Granit(e) Hard!

Cynical?, tongue in cheek?…but sadly true☹…i am hoping there is too much Arsenal DNA floating around for this to last…c’mon Emery?

James
James

We looked pretty good when we beat Spurs

momozemio
momozemio

3 points those are 🙂
But how painful it is to watch Mustafi trying to play football……

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I find it terrifying

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

What’s terrifying is 35 MILLION POUNDS !!!!

myrtle
myrtle

That’s the GDP of Tuvalu.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Valencia robbed us.

Arsenicolas
Arsenicolas

That was dour dour football, all farts and no poo

Man Manny
Man Manny

It’s three points but any other team in the division would have blown us away with that performance.
That must rank with the worst performance by a winning team this season!

Naked cygan
Naked cygan

We were so sh*t, but still won. Terrible passing, poor defending, no chemistry, outplayed, Mustafck can’t kick a ball…we dont deserve to go to the champions league with this sort of negative performance.

Chuffy
Chuffy

Man are we a bang average team now. I mean, I know we won, but this was against effectively a championship heading team who have scored 5 goals at home all season. Every win is crucial, but we look bereft of talent, seriously. If Koscienly wasn’t playing this game, we could have conceded more. Mustafi needs to come out this team, he has no confidence and he is just not good enough – get shot of in the summer. I’d ween Mavro in now or at least until Sokratis returns.

A horrible win, but a win nonetheless.

Armchair Expert
Armchair Expert

Bloody hell we just love to gift goals don’t we? Poor Huddersfield, how can we let them go for so long without scoring. Let’s give them some confidence! 🤦

djourou's nutmeg
djourou's nutmeg

you know what, we won, fuck everything else

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Anyone still thinking we have a good squad able to get top 4, after watching this torture of a football match???

The truther
The truther

I defend the manager a lot but that was just awful awful

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Not far off a whole first team missing. A win is a win.

Jai
Jai

Sevilla were a shambles defensively whilst Emery was there. 50 goals or more shipped every season in the league. He failed to win Ligue 1 in 16/17 at PSG, which should be criminal in itself. Why did we go for a manager like that, when the manager who actually beat him with few resources (Jardim) was easily gettable, and has a better track record for youth (Mbappe, Silva, Fabinho, Mendy, Bakayoko), and is a very good manager at coaching how to defend?

Time to admit we’ve completely fucked up this appointment. We’re fucking joyless to watch, Huddersfield had 15 (FIFTEEN) attempts on goal to our 9!!! This is scandalous, and it’s happened in pretty much every game this season, shambles

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Jardim who was sacked after dragging down his club into the relegation zone??

Jai
Jai

Jardim who had to sell off a whole team of superb talents after 2017?

Yeah, him, the guy who outfoxed our coach who had all the money in the world yet failed to win the title in France in 16/17. There’s a reason PSG binned him off.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Emery had to sell his top players year after year at Valencia and Sevilla, and he overachieved in all seasons regardless. Including a historical Europa League hattrick.

Jai
Jai

Emery had great players at Valencia, and this was before Atleti became a force. He did nothing special there. At Sevilla the bloke went a whole season without winning away from home, after what we’ve seen this season, that does not surprise me in the slightest. 50 or more goals let in every season in La Liga at Sevilla which we’ll comfortably surpass.

Jai
Jai

If you ask anyone with a little knowledge of football they’ll tell you Jardim is a better manager than Emery. Attacking wise, and defensively.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

No anyone who know football would tell you Emery is a better manager by all means. Much more Successful and proven in more teams than one, worked in less favored conditions, lost his stars more than once.
No comparison on the European trophies front of course. Emery is historical coach. Jardim is one season wonder.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

He’s already got more away wins this season than Arsène did last season.

kaius
kaius

Jardim was my choice to take over from Wenger, but your analysis of Emery is awful, one-sided rubbish.

We don’t analyse Wenger’s career by talking about how he lost 6-0 to Chelsea and 8-2 to Utd and let Spurs beat him to the CL twice. Because that’s not analysis, it’s trolling.

Proper analysis means don’t ignore the bad stuff, but at least mention the good stuff too. European titles at Sevilla, 7 trophies with PSG and a title won with over 100 league goals scored.

PSG let Emery go because they’re trying to buy a CL trophy, not earn one. Tuchel will also fail to win it there and get sacked then idiot “analysts” will shout about what a terrible coach he is too. Jesus man, get a grip

Jai
Jai

A PSG team should ALWAYS be scoring more than 100 goals in that league. And for the record, Monaco in 16/17 scored 107 goals in the league

kaius
kaius

Right, Monaco also scored 100+ goals when they won a title. They also trashed Sp*rs at Wembley and knocked Pep’s City out of the CL that year. Because they were an excellent team. That’s why they beat PSG to the title, on their own merits.

That was also the year Zlatan left PSG for Utd, so Emery had to teach Cavani how to play as a no.9 again, which he hadn’t done for years, and it took him a while to find his form.

The same script you use to attack Emery was used to attack Wenger back in 96-97. Talk about him failing to win a title at Monaco and how he’d never succeed at Arsenal. It was ignorant then, and it’s twice as ignorant now.

kaius
kaius

Need to add this for the record – some of you didn’t deserve a coach like Wenger. He suffered through hard times and good times for 2 decades and now people think success grows on trees. The man was completely wasted on some of you.

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GuendouziBallonD'Or
GuendouziBallonD'Or

That is a terrible argument. Jardim was stripped of almost every first team player as Monaco went into a full fire sale. Jardim would have been a much more exciting appointment, and I can guarantee the football would have been 100x better.

kaius
kaius

Yeah, not too sure about that.

I begged Arsenal to appoint Jardim on here. Great coach, but let’s not pretend he’s a masterful attacking coach. He’s more of a methodical counter-attacker. He beat us with Monaco and Olympiakos using classic European performances, keeping it tight and countering, not expansive attacking play.

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

It’s hard to figure out what exactly is wrong with this Arsenal team. We were cruising in the first half, two nil up and looking menacing on the break. In the second half we seemed to sit back and invite them on to us with them having nothing to lose. Bad idea. We needed to up our tempo and blow them away rather than spend most of the half defending.
A win is a win but against Huddersfield, 2-0 up in the first half, this was poor. Then Kolasinac flicks it into his own net and the last few minutes could have cost us two points! What was he even doing back there when he’s playing on the wing? Where was nacho? He just caused confusion and I doubt the Huddersfield player would have got to the ball.
Iwobi is so frustrating at times, he scores a difficult chance and spurns the simple one that would have put this game out of sight. I like his running at defenders but his game has to mature soon.
I am still waiting for the performance we put in against Chelsea to repeat itself.

jon

Emery has said that the team must be better to hold on to the ball. As most managers, he likes his team to be able to “park the bus”, so that they can win quite comfortably after having scored one or two goals.

I think today’s second half was in its totality an Emery exercise in bus parking. The cautious Elneny instead of Torreira, the rather angry gestures at players taking any kind of risk. It might have succeeded, was it not for our eternal bird of misfortune, Mustafi, whom I like, but who again happily let his man run away while he was watching the ball.

Mick Malthouse
Mick Malthouse

Thought Koscielny was OK. That’s all I’ve got.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Koscielny was excellent, not ok. If not for him we would have lost this game.

Granit(e) Hard!
Granit(e) Hard!

Koscielny for me was more than excellent, the only ray of light in this awful footballing spectacle..after the 3 points of course🙂…the boss is definitely back, we need him now. Before his injury, he was one of the best in the pl, and he dosent seem to have lost any of his pace or aggressive pro active defending either…amazing!

Auba Ma Ying
Auba Ma Ying

Imagine how good it will be with him and Sokratis (when he’s soon back). Damn, that might be the end of our defensive worries? At least a big improvement

Lee
Lee

We defended balls in to the box very well today.

But with three CB that’s just about the minimum we should be doing.

GuendouziBallonD'Or
GuendouziBallonD'Or

I forget sometimes I’m watching Arsenal. Even though we got the win, we got 3 points, its a sad day when we’re riding our luck against the worst team in the league.

We were not the better team today. Our quality helped us take our chances, but the football was absolutely dreadful. Our front three were never really in the game. There was no connection between defense-midfield-attack.

Besides Leno and Koscielnly are defense was terrible as well. If we’re going to set up so defensively, shouldn’t we expect our defense to actually perform? What’s the point then? We might as well give our attack every opportunity to score.

I know injuries have taken their toll, but I’m beginning to question Emery. The football at the beginning of the year was hopeful, but what is going on right now is absolutely dreadful. Not to mention that we have a world class number 10, who seemingly cannot catch a game, yet Iwobi is almost always top of the team sheet. I’ll give Emery time, but I’m very worried about the state of Arsenal Football Club

Adderz86
Adderz86

We’re an absolute god send to teams low on confidence! We have such a talent for making shit teams look decent!

A team bottom of the table, having only scored 5 goals at home all season should be expecting a thrashing from us… instead they’re filled with confidence thanks to our inability to kill a game and our shambolic defending.

Sue

Totally agree. Cardiff hadn’t scored in the league, we went there they scored twice! Ibe hadn’t scored for Bournemouth – he scored against us!
We do ride our luck!!

iGooner
iGooner

It’s so hard to not hate this Arsenal team. I get it that we are decimated by injuries but.. man… that was so hard to watch

Edzo
Edzo

That was difficult to watch. Along with the flu that spread through our team equally contagious was giving the ball away.

And I don’t imagine there was one arsenal fan who believed we’d keep a clean sheet.

Can’t wait until the summer when the club buys a few cheap players and refuses to spend enough to solve our problems.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

With injuries and illnesses and “tactical” issues we have not been able to have a settled team. Our players don’t know who is playing alongside them each week, let along getting used to each other! This can’t be easy folks!??

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Furthermore remember the Man U transition from Sir Alex and how that went and they were the champions! We were 6th last season and we are still 6th this season so far. What did anyone expect? It’s a work in progress…COYG!

Richie

Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Hoffenheim. Reiss Nelson comes on. Borussia Dortmund 3-3 Hoffenheim.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

I fell asleep at half time, so don’t know how bad the 2nd half was. What I’m sure of is that Arsenal paid Valencia 35 million for Mustafi and sold Gabriel for a 1/3 of that price. Wow!

Mick Malthouse
Mick Malthouse

Iwobi is the worst shot on goal since Alex Hleb.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

Except for when the whistle’s already been blown

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

I’m forgetting myself for a moment I thought I was on Twitter because the amount of negative comments on here are similar. People need to start asking themselves if they genuinely support Arsenal or if they just enjoy complaining about Arsenal.. I know which camp I’m in!

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

Given the amount of chopping and changing, the lack of chemistry is not surprising. Emery has brought resilience to the team.

Bob
Bob

Resilience? We gifted a team a goal they couldn’t find for 10 hours! Resilient we are not.

Ad33k
Ad33k

In all honesty, I just feel like I don’t enjoy watching Arsenal play anymore. I remember Unai saying that he’d rather win 5:4 than 1:0, and then he puts 8 defensive players on the pitch time and time again. I still want him to succeed, but this is a little disappointing

Sue

I know what you mean! The last 2 games I went to (2-1 v Cardiff & 1-1 v Wolves) although we didn’t lose, they were very underwhelming performances. There have only been a handful of games this season where we’ve been superb!

Mark
Mark

It’s hard for me to decide whether our generic level of play that seems pretty average in the league especially in the attack is more down to Emery and his tactics or the players. It seemed that even when we weren’t playing well under Wenger we still had a much more dynamic attack which often came at the expense of our defending and we would be the dominant team in terms of possession, attempts, shots on goal, etc.. Of course that wouldn’t always lead to 3 points, but you usually felt Arsenal was the stronger attacking team. However, under Emery this year you can’t tell usually by watching the match or looking at the stats which side was the stronger attacking side even when we play the lowest team in the table (by far). We don’t seem to have any consistent possession, have way, way too many unforced turnovers each match (esp in our own half) and generate so few good chances on goal for the level of talent we have. They are becoming very frustrating to watch.

Adi
Adi

I see this as just 3 points. This is a team that was struggling to win away from home, what did people expect? That the “handbrake” would suddenly be released? Away win after long, take it and move on. Hopefully performances pick up.

Dave
Dave

Happy for the 3 points, but god damn are a mess of a team, disjointed, no creativity whatsoever, and just plain boring. I’m really starting to think Emery might not be the best choice, but I’ll reserve my final judgement till he have one year of work, but as of right now the signs aren’t positive…

Gunn3r4L1f3
Gunn3r4L1f3

Iwobi is such a frustrating player. Yes he scored but my God can he at least try to maintain composure when on the ball. Loose passes, no skill to pass his man, trying impossible passes. Get you shit together man.

John C
John C

Wouldn’t surprise me if the goal isn’t later reclassified as an own goal as it was going wide

Mike Stride
Mike Stride

Watched the game at the Emirates on the screen and this report is an appalling reflection of the match, we were awful! On the plus side Got to see Robert Pires and the guy is as classy off the pitch as he was on it

Ealing
Ealing

At same stage as last season (week 26) we are definitely better

1. 50 points instead of 45
2. 18 points away, last season total 16
3. 8 points against other big 5, last season total 6
4. 15 points away from top, last season 24,
5. If chauvs win, we are 3 points away from top four, last year we were 5 points away.
6. and in case you wonder we lost game 27, 28 and 29.
7. by the time we reached 51 points, at game 31, we were 13 points away from 4th spot.
so sit down, relax and stop blaming Emery, He’s good, but if you want better you need miracles !!!

Caligunner
Caligunner

Still in 6th

This season the top club isn’t running away and all the other clubs have also gotten better?

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Plus the injuries…

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

When he pulled off Torreira we lost the midfield. Emery is obviously worried about burning him out for the EL and League run in.
Ozil was sick not dropped and I believe he would have played. Mutafi is in there because Sok is injured. It looked horrible because we played 5 at the back against shit opposition. Everyone was in everyone’s way and hence the own goal. Until we get the unfit players like Sok and Xhaka back, we will look disjointed. Emery hasn’t got many options when injuries strike, He just have to ride it out best he can with who he has.
Was is shit to watch? Yep. Did we win? Yep. So, job done I guess.

Mpls
Mpls

True Torreira was holding it down the best he could and did pretty well considering on the whole, but I think it was a bit of a structural problem too. 3-4-3 with Kola and AMN both staying out wide will always leave us outnumbered in the middle of the park.

DBMÖ10
DBMÖ10

I’d like to thank Emery for bringing my focus back to getting good grades this semester , Engineering Mechanics is more exciting than what he serves right now.
Also it’s understandable that you play deep and with effectively 7 defensive players to stabilise your defense and counter the lush tiki taka side that is Huddersfield , but atleast be defensively solid and not look lucky to get away with a 2-1 against the mighty Huddersfield Town with their managers who is Lichtsteiner’s age-mate.

Red Arrow
Red Arrow

With just 4 mins of injury time to go, the commentators start talking about Arsenal getting their first clean sheet away from home. At that point you knew they were going to score! Well we scored for them actually.

Shark
Shark

The football is just shit to watch. Stoke City may even like us a bit now

Santori
Santori

We struggled in midfield today.

All these detractors that prefer to blame the defense, well apart from the lack of concentration at the end, much of the problem today was largely due to our failure to impose ourselves in midfield and hold the ball.

We did not retain possession for long stretches and (but for the poor quality of the opponents attack) we put the defense under unnecessary and prolong duress. Eventually, there will be the odd chance of something leaking in our end.

Inconvenient truth to some people who prefer to imagine otherwise but I feel we have missed Granit.

Like Mustafi, Iwobi, he has born the brunt of irrational criticism clearly not born out of reality.

I’m not saying we don’t struggle with him in the team as well nor that he has some issues defensively but largely (as per usual) these critics tend to amplify and persist over problems that largely precede themselves.

Granit’s use of the ball and ability to pick passes from the back to front sorely missed today.

Torreira and Guendouzi (as much as some prefer to wank off to) were ineffective today in providing us a semblance of control.

So much so that we had to haul of Torreira and put on the (waste of air) Elneny and young Willock (not to mention Dennis) to try and cull some composure in the middle of the park.

Did not happen.

When you put your defense under duress over a prolong period (particularly ours) something will give.