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Huddersfield Town 1-2 Arsenal - 3 talking points

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959   //    10 Feb 2019, 18:51 IST

Huddersfield Town v Arsenal FC - Premier League
Huddersfield Town v Arsenal FC - Premier League

Arsenal secured a 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town, which could be deemed the "Herbert Chapman Derby". Herbert Chapman was a legendary manager of the 20th century, who notably attained major success at both the football clubs.

He died in 1934, but won the league three times in a row with Huddersfield Town and kick-started Arsenal as a major club and force in English football. Many of the club's traditions, culture and distinctions started under him, which future managers and players have all continued.

The corresponding fixture last season was Arsene Wenger's last game as Arsenal manager, in which the Gunners triumphed 1-0.

Huddersfield Town were at the bottom of the League pre-match, whilst Arsenal needed the win since Manchester United beat Fulham 3-0 earlier in the day.

This game, however, wasn't a classic. The first half saw Arsenal go 2-0 up, with goals from Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette.

The Nigerian international had a reasonably good game throughout, but he had a chance at the beginning which could have been squared to Lacazette or Mkhitaryan for them to score.

Mkhitaryan also had a chance to score, which the Huddersfield keeper saved low down. However, Arsenal opened the scoring via a run from Sead Kolasinac on the left. Iwobi caught it on a volley and it took a deflection before going in.

Huddersfield grew into the game around the 25-minute mark, but couldn't convert their possession into chances.

Lacazette scored just before half-time, following good work by Maitland-Niles on the right.

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Huddersfield Town v Arsenal FC - Premier League
Huddersfield Town v Arsenal FC - Premier League

The second half saw Huddersfield grow into the game more, and Depoitre had arguably their best chance of the match. He hit a shot from the right, which narrowly missed the post.

Huddersfield did get a goal back - and this was in large part from Arsenal's weak defence. Overall, prior to this, they looked strong, but the goal was an odd one to concede at the time.


Huddersfield Town v Arsenal FC - Premier League
Huddersfield Town v Arsenal FC - Premier League

Huddersfield were good on the eye - but they lacked the quality to truly trouble Arsenal. Arsenal, on the other hand, had more clear-cut chances and were never in full gear. They were comfortable overall, and the three points mattered ultimately.


#3 Huddersfield had possession - but didn't do much with it

Huddersfield Town - or The Terriers to cite their nickname - looked very bright on the eye in this game.

They dominated possession for the most part, but they seldom had the cutting edge to progress and get the better of Leno in the Arsenal goal.

Despite their negative position in the table, they looked to take the game to Arsenal. It was a strike from Depoitre that represented their best chance to score here.

But overall, they couldn't seriously trouble Arsenal with their attacking efforts.

It looks like they will be in the Championship next season, but they could return in the future to the Premier League, and they would be welcome given the manner and style of football they have played.

The Terriers can take time to regroup, and make a strong push for the Premier League next season. They have done Yorkshire proud in their two seasons of PL football.

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