Gunners up to third after Huddersfield win
Arsenal 1 Huddersfield Town 0
Lucas Torreira capped a fantastic week for both him and Arsenal by scoring a spectacular winning goal against Huddersfield at the Emirates this afternoon.
The Gunners were deserved winners even though they were not at their very best against a resolute Terriers defence which almost held out for a much-needed point.
Playing up front together in a 3-4-1-2 formation, both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette spurned good chances to score in the first half, the former particularly guilty.
Amazingly, although this win puts the Gunners temporarily up to third, Arsenal have still not been in front at the break in a single Premier League game this season, and Unai Emery’s double half-time substitutions are becoming a thing of habit. It's even more surprising given that the Gunners have now gone 21 games unbeaten.
Today it was Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who were brought on for Lacazette and Stephan Lichtsteiner.
The changes did little to immediately affect the game and although Arsenal continued to dominate, chances were at a premium.
Until that was Arsenal’s new little magic man popped up with the winner as the clock ticked past 80 minutes.
Aubameyang battled two Town defenders for the ball inside the box on the right side before hanging up a beautiful cross for the Uruguayan, whose overhead kick inside the six-yard box was perfectly executed.
The signs continue to be good for Arsenal – this an example of them being able to grind out a victory despite not being at their best, a sign of champions some would say.
Arsenal will not win the Premier League this season, but with continued improvement the like of which they have shown this week, the good times may not be too far away.