Huddersfield travelled to North London hoping to get at least a point to keep up with others in and around the relegation zone, while Arsenal looked to extend their unbeaten run to 21 games in all competitions.
The Gunners had to dig deep on what looked set to be a frustrating evening at the Emirates.
It was Lucas Torreira who broke the deadlock in the 83rd Minute with a well taken overhead kick to ensure 3 points for the Gunners after a disappointing draw with Manchester United in the Midweek.
Arsenal were visibly tired after two back to back high octane matches against their North London rivals Spurs and Manchester United. The first half ended with boos from a discontent Emirates’ crowd as the Gunners kept on squandering chances left, right and centre. It wasn’t any different in the second half as they were making the same mistakes again and again until the little wonder from Uruguay decided to take matters into his own hands. It was an ugly triumph, but a triumph nonetheless.
The victory meant Arsenal keep up the pressure on Chelsea and Tottenham for a top-four finish, which has now become a London affair.
The knack of grinding out results, albeit in an ugly manner, is what Arsenal under Wenger was lacking during his Twilight years at the club.
Arsenal vs Huddersfield Town Lineups:
Arsenal: Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, Stephan Lichtsteiner (Alex Iwobi ’46), Shkodran Mustafi (Nacho Monreal ’66), Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Sead Kolasinac, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette (Henrikh Mkhitaryan ’46)
Huddersfield Town: Jonas Lössl, Christopher Schindler, Terence Kongolo, Mathias Jørgensen, Tommy Smith (Florent Hadergjonaj ’60), Aaron Mooy, Daniel Williams (Erik Durm ’70), Jonathan Hogg (Juninho Bacuna ’52), Laurent Depoitre, Chris Löwe, Alex Pritchard.
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