Arsenal v Huddersfield Match Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Arsenal play host to Premier League newboys Huddersfield Town tonight, the first league meeting between the sides in 45 years.

The visitors may be new to the Premier League but have so far shown that they can bring the game to even the best of teams, just like at the weekend when they have Premier League runaway leaders Manchester City, when they will feel aggrieved to have failed to pick up any points. The Terriers led at the half-time interval, but lost their lead thanks to a Sergio Aguero penalty kick, only for Raheem Sterling to steal all three points in the final 10 minutes of the match-up.

A similar performance as that of the weekend would cause us some problems, but their dogged display did come at home, and their squad will more than likely have to be stretched with this match coming so soon after.

Our side also had a tough match this weekend, also needing a last-minute penalty to beat Burnley, but our squad is much more capable of playing twice a week, although we will have to consider the fact that we take on Manchester United on Saturday evening.

We come into the match with a couple of question marks over the availability of both Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi, and the pair are believed to undergo tests prior to tonight’s match, and I wouldn’t expect either to start the match. Santi Cazorla remains our only confirmed absentee.

Predicted XI:

Koscielny  Mustafi  Monreal
Bellerin  Xhaka  Ramsey  Kolasinac
Alexis  Wilshere

I expect Lacazette to start tonight’s match on the bench, with a view to starting him against the Red Devils, and I think Welbeck will get the nod ahead of Olivier Giroud for his ability to stretch the defence with his movement. I also expect Wilshere to get the chance to start his first Premier League match for Arsenal in 18 months, with both Iwobi and Ozil not at 100%.

This team should have more than enough to pin the Terriers down, and our team is playing full of confidence of late which will show. I’m going for a comfortable 3-0 win, and am expecting Alexis to score in his third consecutive PL match.

What are your predictions? Should Giroud start ahead of Welbeck or the pair instead of Wilshere? Will more players be rested with an eye on United on Saturday?

Pat J

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  1. Sue says:

    I hope we have a comfortable win COYG
    Good Old Leicester last night!!

  2. Sukhjot Gunner says:

    I don’t think this game will be as easy as some of us might be thinking but there is no doubt this I fully expect arsenal to win this game. I’m predicting 2-0 but I won’t cry if we win 1-0……

  3. jon fox says:

    I agree with the article writers team, as to what it WILL be. Personally I would play Giroud tonight to start, with Welbeck to come on as a sub later , as I believe we are better if Welbeck is sub against United, with Lacazette starting. If Jack is not chosen against Huddersfield, which he should be, I would play Welbeck instead. I feel two proper strikers will also be great against Hudd.

  4. Jimmy Jazz says:

    I would pick the same 11 that beat Burnley except for Ozil coming in for Iwobi. If Ozil isn’t fit, play Jack.

  5. gotanidea says:

    I think Wilshere would start, but Lacazette would also start instead of Welbeck, because he needs a warm-up before the Manchester United game. This match would be Lacazette’s chance to learn to work better with his teammates.

  6. Tony says:

    ozil is not 100% true but wilshire is always 50% ???

    1. jon fox says:

      Well then , that’s 50% more than Spuds, presumable your team.! If your eyes actually work, at least better than your brain, you should see that Wilshere is one who always gives his all, even if off form. If you actually get even one like for your pathetic comment , you should treasure it, FOR IT’S RARITY.

  7. Break-on-through says:

    Did we have an article on Arsenals dream team. Raul Sanllehi, Sven Mislintat, Huss Fahmy, Darren Burgess & Ben Wrigglesworth.

    The ex Barcelona man could be useful in getting a head-start for any outgoing Barca players. As well Spain in general. He’d be good for speaking with clubs and players over there and am thinking how good was his relationship with Alexis. Mislintat knows the pulse of Germany, am sure he knows a few under the radar already.

    Read today that Greizmann was waiting for an offer which never came. Then when we came back a time later, he blew us off because of what we put him through. Before landing Sanogo. Talk about a hash of things, kick to the groin.

  8. rkw says:

    see santi`s injury woes continue and wish him the best …. missed immensely by arsenal .. our midfield continues as weakest part of team and needs a complete overhaul asap … in the meantime wilshire needs to be drafted in as link from defence to attack

    1. jon fox says:

      AGREED. WE USED TO BE KNOWN FOR THE DEPTH OF OUT TALENT IN MIDFIELD. Not so these days with Xhaka, Coquelin and Elneny. UGH!

  9. LL_cool_gunner says:

    Play lacazette, a goal in this game will increase his confidence against manure…

  10. Simon says:

    If playing both Wiltshire and Ramsey – I’d have the later in advanced position. He just can’t help but get forward and with Ozil our that’s his best position

  11. Simon says:

    Think Giroud will be pissed if he’s not played because of Wellbeck

  12. GB says:

    Laca must start

  13. Trent says:

    my thoughts exactly@llcoolgunner…Lacazette has got to start and always always too!!!welbeck playing ahead of lacca will only happen under wenger as no other manager in the world would see either player’s striking abilities and play welbeck.Its just really weird every time I see welbeck start instead of Lacazette….too weird!

  14. John says:

    Time for Giroud to start and I see him scoring at least two goals………..

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