Mesut Ozil stars as Arsenal put five past the Terriers
Arsenal beat Huddersfield Town 5-0 in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium tonight.
It maintains the Gunners perfect home win record in the Premier League this season (W7).
Arsenal remain in fourth position in the Premier League table, with 28 points from 14 matches.
The Gunners goals were scored by Alexandre Lacazette (3), substitute Olivier Giroud (68 and 87), Alexis Sánchez (69) and Mesut Ozil (72).
Arsene Wenger made one change to the team that started in the win over Burnley on Sunday.
Man of the match Mesut Ozil, who had recovered from a bout of illness, replacing Alex Iwobi.
Ozil scored one goal and provided two assists on his return to the team.
Lacazette gave Arsenal an early lead with a neat finish after incisive build-up play and being put in on goal by Aaron Ramsey’s clever flick.
It was Lacazette’s fifth home Premier League goal of the season – no other player has more on their own ground (level with Rooney, Sane, Salah, Lukaku and Jesus).
There have been seven goals scored in the opening three minutes of Premier League games this season, with Lacazette scoring two of those.
The goal though didn’t open the floodgates and much of Arsenal’s play for the remainder of the half lacked fluidity and precision.
Huddersfield, who have won only one of their last 16 matches against Arsenal in all competitions, a 2-1 top-flight home victory in January 1971, rarely threatened in the first half.
Laurent Koscielny blocking Steve Mounie’s shot being the closest that the Terriers came to levelling before the break.
Lacazette almost had a second just after the half-hour but his shot from a tight angle was cleared off the line. The ball went to Sead Kolasinac but he sent his shot over the crossbar.
Giroud replaced Lacazette at the beginning of the second half.
Lacazette has suffered a suspected groin injury and is set for a spell on the sidelines. He will miss Saturday’s Premier League match with Manchester United.
The second half started with Huddersfield showing more attacking intent.At
But it was Arsenal who should have struck first in the second period.
Within two minutes of the restart Ozil had a goal bound shot blocked, after being set up Sanchez’s run down the left.
At the other end Petr Cech got down to deny a low shot by Collin Quaner on 51 minutes.
Two minutes later Cech had to the tip the ball over the crossbar after a shot from Mounie deflected towards the goal.
Giroud should have doubled Arsenal’s lead in the 58th minute, after being played through by Ramsey, he rounded Lossl but hit the post with a left footed shot.
Arsenal then ended the contest with three goals in four minutes.
Ozil played a one-two with Alexis Sanchez before passing to Giroud, who scored from six yards out.
A minute later Sanchez made it three with a volley from Ozil’s cross.
Ozil then got in on the scoring, finishing neatly after being put through by Ramsey,
Giroud, after being set up Kolasinac, netted from close-range with three minutes remaining to complete the scoring.
Arsenal are now unbeaten in their last 14 home matches, winning each of the last 12 – their best run at home since they won 13 in a row between February and November 2005.
They have kept ten clean sheets during this current 14-game unbeaten streak.
Victory tonight means Arsenal have won three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time this season.
Defeat tonight drops Huddersfield to 14th position in the Premier League table, with 15 points from 14 matches.
After winning their first two Premier League games Huddersfield have only won two of their 12 matches since, losing seven of them.
They are winless in six away league matches, since a 3-0 victory at Crystal Palace in their season opener.
The Terriers have lost their last three league games on their travels, conceding nine goals in the process.
Huddersfield have failed to score in seven consecutive away matches in all competitions for just the second time in their history.
Next up for Arsenal are Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday (5.30pm kick-off UK time).
Arsenal: Cech 7, Bellerin 7, Kolasinac 7, Mustafi 7, Koscielny 7, Monrea 7l, Xhaka 6, Ramsey 7(Wilshere), Sanchez 7 (Welbeck), Lacazette 6 (Giroud), Ozil 8