Arsenal v Huddersfield

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Press conference

The boss gives the latest on Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette was substituted at half-time after opening the scoring in our 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

Arsène Wenger was asked about our summer signing after the game, and our performance against David Wagner’s side. Here’s what he said:

on Alexandre Lacazette…
Lacazette has a groin problem and will certainly be out for Saturday’s game.

on the performance…
I felt that I was not pleased with everything, but we started well and I think after that we slowly lot a bit of our edge, the urgency in our game and a little bit as well in the second half we gave them one or two chances. We missed as well the second goal, but after that once we scored we played with freedom, with drive, with creativity and our link play became fantastic to watch in the last 20 minutes.

on why we struggled in the first half…
I’m convinced that we played with a bit of fear at one-nil at some stage because we didn’t play with the freedom, the passes didn’t come early enough. We played a bit inhibited and when we scored the second goal everybody was suddenly had more movement and passed the ball quicker, they struggled as well maybe and thought that was game over. Maybe we benefited as well from the fact that they had to give a lot for 70 minutes and they collapsed a little bit in the last 20.

Post-Match Report

Arsenal 5-0 Huddersfield: How it happened

What Happened

Three goals in the space of four second-half minutes blew Huddersfield away as we extended our winning streak at Emirates Stadium to 12 league games.

Alexandre Lacazette had opened the scoring after just three minutes, but the real fireworks came in the second half. Mesut Ozil was at the heart of it all, creating two – for Olivier Giroud and Alexis – and scoring the other himself.

Giroud later scored a second to round off our biggest win of the season, but Huddersfield had caused plenty of problems at 1-0.

Coming into the game on the back of a north London derby success and last-minute win at Burnley in the previous two league games, it was no surprise that we started the game full of confidence.

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates with Alexis and Aaron Ramsey after opening the scoring

With the first attack of the game, Aaron Ramsey slipped Lacazette through in the area after some quick passing in midfield. The striker showed his natural composure and calm in front of goal to slot the ball home.

It was just the start we were looking for against a side who had made Manchester City work so hard for the win at the weekend.

We continued to pin Huddersfield back for the rest of the half. Passing the ball around fairly comfortably but without creating many shooting opportunities.

Arsenal were patiently looking for openings, and Granit Xhaka created a chance for Lacazette after some intricate play in the edge of the area. The Frenchman was forced wide, virtually on the byline, but still managed to chip a wonderful effort goalwards, only to be denied by a flying Martin Cranie clearance.

Some sloppiness crept into our play as the half came to a close. After giving the ball away in midfield Colin Quaner broke free, but his first touch let him down, and Laurent Koscielny made a sliding block.

The Terriers called Petr Cech into action on more than one occassion in the first half

We almost started the second half how we started the first, with an early goal. Alexis tricked and turned his way past his man, before picking out Mesut Ozil. The German went for placement rather than power, and his effort was blocked.

Both keepers made decent saves in quick succession - first Cech from Quaner then Jonas Lossl from Olivier Giroud - who replaced Lacazette at half-time –  as we counter-attacked.

The game had opened up now. Cech was called into action again, palming a deflected Steve Mounie effort onto the bar and just over.

It was our turn to hit the woodwork. Ramsey again was the creator, playing in Giroud, who rounded the keeper but saw his first shot smack the post, before firing the rebound into the side-netting.

Aaron Ramsey was involved in the build-up more than once, and bagged two assists

The game had become scrappy, but a move of sheer brilliance sparked a quick-fire treble.

A wonderfully constructed move on the left flank, some quick one-touch passing, and the ball was worked to Giroud to finish at the near post from Ozil's cross.

Just seconds later Ozil set up Alexis to smash home on the half volley.

The Gunners were rampant, and Ozil soon made it four, tucking home Ramsey's throughball.

It was a devastating spell from Arsenal, and Ozil was proving unstoppable whenever he was in possession.

It was one-way traffic, and we still had time for a fifth goal. Giroud was on hand to smash home after neat work from Kolasinac inside the area.

What it Means

 

This was our 12th successive home win in the Premier League, extending our best ever sequence at Emirates Stadium. The win keeps us fourth, 12 points behind leaders Manchester City. Our goal difference was given a healthy boost as well improving to plus 12.

What's Next

We welcome Manchester United on Saturday tea-time in a huge top-four clash, as we look to equal our club record for consecutive Premier League home wins.

Well-worked goals

Eight players were involved in Lacazette's early goal, while Ozil, Kolasinac and Alexis combined for our second goal for Giroud.

Here's how Lacazette's goal was created

Hector Bellerin picked up possession on the right wing

Bellerin passed it back to Laurent Koscielny

Koscielny played it short to Xhaka

The ball was moved square to Nacho Monreal

Monreal swapped passes with Kolasinac as we moved into Huddersfield's half

Xhaka moved the ball forward to Ozil

Ozil found Lacazette, who pinged the ball to Xhaka

Xhaka nudged it forward to Aaron Ramsey

Ramsey's pass was expertly converted by Lacazette

Giroud's goal was also easy on the eye

Ozil flicked the ball to Kolasinac on the left wing

The German continued his run to pick up Kolasinac's return pass

Ozil then played a one-two with Alexis

Ozil crossed for Giroud to net at the near post

Interview

‘It was really important to score a quick goal’

Shkodran Mustafi believes our quick start against Huddersfield laid the foundation for a deserved victory.

Alexandre Lacazette fired us ahead in just the fourth-minute, and Mustafi told Arsenal Player that the early goal disrupted the visitors’ plans, allowing us to kill off the game after the break.

Here’s what he said after the game.

on the result…
In the first half, and as well in the second half, a few passes were a bit sloppy. That complicated the game because I think the plan of Huddersfield was to stay compact and win the balls and then counter-attack, which I think they did well. They were quite compact, but as soon as we tidied up our passing and the ball movement we found a way through and we played some good football. Overall we had to step it a little bit up because in the end yes it was 5-0, but the goals came late and they could have punished us in the first half, so it was a really tough game.

on the first goal easing the nerves…
When you have home games against teams like that, that don’t put too much pressure on you and let you have the ball, they stay compact and it’s difficult to come through so it was really important to score a first quick goal. We did and after that we could have done a lot better, so we complicated ourselves a little but, but at the end it’s about being professional, staying concentrated and we deserved to win the game.

on winning 12 league games in a row at home…
It’s fun to talk about numbers but in the end the numbers won’t help you if you don’t reach your goal in the end of the season, so it’s nice to read that, but in the end it doesn’t give you anything. You have to put the performance in every week and then in the end you count the numbers and see if you reached your goal or not.

Interview

Giroud - The defence did a great job

The forwards may have stolen the headlines as we stormed to our biggest win of the season on Wednesday night, but two-goal hero Olivier Giroud was quick to highlight the contribution of the defenders.

We kept our third consecutive Premier League clean sheet in the 5-0 win over Huddersfield, and the defence came under pressure for much of the first hour.

"We killed the game off in the final 25 minutes but it's true we could have scored before, but they were always dangerous on counter attacks," Giroud said.

“We had to be very cautious at the back and we defended very well. I thought all the defenders played very well. They didn't let Huddersfield come out and put good pressure on the strikers. They did a great job."

Giroud netted a second-half brace to take his seasonal tally to five, and believes the team's performance on Wednesday is the perfect preparation for Saturday's clash with Manchester United.

"We are on a good run, we want to carry on and keep it up,” he said. “Obviously we have a massive game this weekend and it's nice to have the confidence high to start this kind of game."

Poll

Vote for our man of the match against Huddersfield

Arsenal celebrate against Huddersfield

We hit five goals past Huddersfield Town during a dominant attacking performance on Wednesday night. 

Alexandre Lacazette struck after three minutes, Mesut Ozil scored and assisted twice, Alexis also found the net, and Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score twice.

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