Huddersfield 1-2 Arsenal: 5 Talking Points and Tactical Analysis | Premier League 2018-19
Arsenal recorded their first away win of 2019 as they scraped past a determined Huddersfield side. The game had a wonderful ebb and flow to it as the Terriers resisted the temptation to stay in their shell and took the game to their more illustrious rivals.
The home side started on the front foot and constantly harried Arsenal’s players in the opening exchanges. However, they were caught out by a sharp counter-attack in the 16th minute. After being sent into space by Mkhitaryan, Kolasinac perfectly measured a cross into the path of Iwobi. The Nigerian struck an instinctive shot which found its way into the net, courtesy a gigantic deflection.
Despite being the superior team for the majority of the first half, Huddersfield again conceded moments before the break when Lacazette was found expertly by Maitland-Niles.
As for the second half, the Gunners were unable to find their feet and were pinned back by the spirited Terriers. The hosts were eventually rewarded with a goal in stoppage time but the goal acted merely as a consolation rather than a springboard for a comeback.
While the defeat left Huddersfield firmly rooted to the foot of the table, the victory ensured that Arsenal didn’t fall behind in the race for the fourth spot.
Here is a look at five talking points from the game.
#5 Huddersfield unlucky to come away empty-handed
Arsenal arrived at Huddersfield looking to put their listless display last weekend behind them. Though many expected the Gunners to breeze past the Terriers, the game was anything but a cake-walk.
For long periods in the game, Arsenal were clearly second best with their defense and midfield coming under enormous pressure. The numerical advantage for the home side in the middle of the park worked a treat as Torreira and Guendouzi were over-run time and again.
Moreover, the Terriers’ plan to attack Arsenal down the flanks looked menacing. However, Huddersfield were yet again plagued by their lack of an end product.
On several occasions, the home side got themselves into promising positions but couldn’t make the most of it. Though the home side played their heart out against the Gunners, they just had a goal to show for their troubles.
Over the course of the season, Huddersfield has encountered problems sticking the ball into the back of the net as the goal against Arsenal was only their 6th at home.