I know that Arsenal were only at home to Huddersfield, who haven’t even scored a goal away from home since the beginning of the season, but after a sluggish first half Arsenal turned on the class and destroyed our Yorkshire opponents. Mesut Ozil was the driving force yet again, and Arsene Wenger thinks that winning 12 games in row at the Emirates will give us the confidence ahead of Jose Mourinho’s visit to the Emirates on Saturday.
The Boss said after tonight’s game: “We wanted to take advantage of being at home and we did that again. It was another three points and hopefully we can go into the game at the weekend full of confidence, and hopefully it will be a very good week for us.”
After the last minute win at Burnley, it was great to have Ozil back in the side, and Wenger thinks that the enforced rest may have done Ozil a favour. “He was out of the Burnley game, so his batteries were recharged. He put in a fantastic performance tonight.”
But to be fair, Huddersfield worked hard in the first half and came close to scoring a few times. Maybe the final score was a little flattering, and Wenger gave credit where it was due. “Full credit to Huddersfield because they made it difficult for us to break them down, but it was nice to go into half-time with the 1-0 lead. We upped the tempo in the second half, created many opportunities and we were clinical.
“It’s always difficult. We came away from a very tough game against Burnley on Sunday, so I think that may have played a part in us being a bit sloppy in the first half but we overcome it. We got in at half-time with the lead and we took full advantage of that.”
And did we! A brilliant second half saw us put some space between us and the Spuds and we helped our goal difference and must have made the players feel invincible at home. We may miss Lacazette although we hope not, but with Ozil playing like a demon and our super home form we can face Man United with a little more confidence than usual….