Arsenal v Huddersfield Town: Premier League Match Preview
Arsenal host Huddersfield Town in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium tonight (7.45pm kick-off UK time).
The clubs will forever be bonded by the managerial achievements of the legendary Herbert Chapman.
Chapman, who had won the FA Cup (1922) and two Division One titles (1923 and 1924) with Huddersfield Town, before joining the Gunners in the summer of 1925.
Arsenal won the league title in 1931; were league and cup runners-up the following year and regained the title in 1933. Chapman’s team were mid-way through a run of three successive Division One titles when, after watching a third-team game in early January 1934, 55-year-old Chapman succumbed to a bout of pneumonia and died at home.
This will be the first Premier League meeting between the clubs.
The teams have not met in the league since 1972.
Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday moved them up to 4th position in the Premier League table.
Alexis Sanchez’s injury time penalty ensured that the Gunners leapfrogged Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.
The Gunners have 25 points from 13 league matches.
Arsenal have a perfect record at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League this season (w6).
Indeed the Gunners have won 11 home Premier League games in a row, their best run since winning 13 consecutively at Highbury between February and November 2005.
Arsenal could win three consecutive league matches for the first time this season.
The Gunners’ last home league defeat was a 2-1 loss to Watford in late January.
Huddersfield Town have made a solid start to life in the Premier League.
The Terriers are in 11th position in the table, with 15 points from 13 matches.
They pushed Premier League leaders Manchester City all the way on Sunday, before going down to a home 2-1 defeat.
It was Huddersfield’s second home defeat in their Premier League campaign.
The Terriers have lost five of their past seven Premier League games (W2), after losing just one of their first six.
Since winning their first ever Premier League away game 3-0 against Crystal Palace on the opening day, Huddersfield have failed to score in any of their last five games on the road, taking 47 shots (D1 L4).
The Terriers have lost their last three league games on their travels, conceding nine goals in the process.
They were beaten 4-0 in their last away match by AFC Bournemouth.
Huddersfield have failed to score in six consecutive away matches in all competitions for just the second time in their history.
Their current away goalless run stands at nine hours and 12 minutes.
Huddersfield Town are hoping to become only the third team, after West Ham United and Hull City, to win their first Premier League match at Emirates Stadium.
The Terriers could also become only the second newly-promoted team in Premier League history to beat both Arsenal and Manchester United in that season, after Sunderland in 1996/97.
This is the first Premier League meeting between the teams.
Huddersfield have won only one of their last 15 matches against Arsenal in all competitions, a 2-1 top-flight home victory in January 1971.
Arsenal secured back-to-back 1-0 victories the last time the two clubs were in the same division, in 1971-72.
The Terriers’ last away win against Arsenal was a 5-3 success back in November 1954 – they have scored just four goals in their subsequent eight visits in all competitions since that victory.
The last meeting between the teams was in the FA Cup on 11th January 2011, with Arsenal winning 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Nicklas Bendtner (21) and Cesc Fabregas (86) scoring for the Gunners, with Alan Lee (66) scoring for the then League 1 Terriers.
Arsenal have now won all six league games in which both Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette have started,
Sanchez has scored in the last two Premier League matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley. He has also been directly involved in 17 goals in 18 Premier League matches against promoted clubs (13 goals, four assists).
Lacazette has been involved in five goals in his first six Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium (four goals, one assist).
Huddersfield have scored just nine league goals this season, with Laurent Depoitre, Aaron Mooy and club record signing Steven Mounie the joint-leading scorers on two goals apiece.
Terriers keeper Jonas Lossl was in inspired form against Manchester City on Sunday. The Danish International is on a season long loan from Bundesliga Mainz.
Arsene Wenger has lost 27 Premier League games in November as manager of Arsenal, seven more than the month of December which is second on the list. Wenger will be taking charge of a Premier League match against his 46th different opponent tonight.
“It’s a massive game for me because I watched their game against City, they didn’t deserve to lose. This team has come out from hell, you have to play 46 games in the Championship to get out of it, and you need to be ready for a fight. With all the teams that come up, you realise that especially in the first season they have that kind of fighting spirit that makes them dangerous for every Premier League side, no matter what kind of names you have on the teamsheet.
on winning 11 PL home games in a row – best run since 2005.
“We have been a bit more patient, better defensively as well, more secure defensively and could make the differences many times in the second half. Then you build the belief and the strength that comes from the history of the team at home as well. We feel that we can turn it around, no matter what happens. Certainly, the home support makes a difference as well.
“[I will have] zero eyes [on the Manchester United game]. The most important game is tomorrow night, no matter what happens after. We have a good chance to take three points at home tomorrow and that is the only thing that matters. I have a big enough squad to deal with the rest after this game.”
“We can take a lot of positives out of the Manchester City game into the Arsenal game.
“We will have to take our performance to the next level to have the chance to pick up some points.
“I have no concerns about our fitness, but sometimes it makes sense to bring fresh legs into our group.
“We have several options, and will decide tomorrow after training.
“Everyone is aware about Arsenal’s home record and our away record, so it looks like our chances aren’t the highest, but tomorrow evening this doesn’t count.
“We now have two further chances where we like to improve our away record, the first tomorrow (and then on Saturday at Everton).
“The first thing is – like City – to focus on ourselves and do our homework about how we can cause them some problems.”
Mesut Ozil will be assessed to see if he ready to return from the bout of illness that forced him to miss the match at Burnley on Sunday.
Alex Iwobi is a doubt with a dead leg.
Theo Walcott has returned to training following illness, but will not be in the matchday squad.
Rajiv van la Parra is suspended after being sent off following a clash with Leroy Sane in the match with Manchester City on Sunday.
Long-term absentees Philip Billing (Ankle), Michael Hefele (Knee) and Jon Gorenc Stanković (Achilles) remain sidelined for the visit to the Emirates Stadium.
Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: Peter Kirkup, Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth official: Kevin Friend
Arsenal to win 3-1.