Arsenal v Huddersfield Review – Another Ozil masterclass makes it easy in the end…

Arsene Wenger resisted the temptation to rotate the team, and with Ozil back from his illness Wenger fielded Arsenal’s very best team, in fact the same one that destroyed Tottenham a week and a half ago, and they looked lively straight from the start. Within three minutes Aaron Ramsey did a beautiful little flick just outside Huddersfield’s area and left Alexandre Lacazette with just the goalkeeper to go round and slot the ball in for an instant 1-0 lead. A great start indeed….

Arsenal looked very comfortable but maybe a little too relaxed, and Huddersfield made quite a few good runs into our box and nearly scored when an excellent freekick gave one of their strikers a free header in the box after 20 minutes but luckily he met it all wrong and it flew over the bar.

Arsenal soon got their rhythm back though and Lacazette came close to getting the ball in the box a couple of times although he looked a little sore from an early challenge. With a quarter of the game gone the stats showed us that Arsenal had 76%of the possession, which just shows our dominance.

on the half hour mark, Lacazette nearly made it 2 with a fantastic spinning chip after another pass from Ramsey but it was cleared off the line, then Bellerin got in a lovely position to get a cross in but somehow blasted it over the bar. Huddersfield suddenly got some fight though and helped by some pantomine defending by the Gunners they were starting to look dangerous again and had a couple of chances inside our box, and even had a 50/50 penalty claim. The commentators were saying words like ‘complacent’!

And Arsenal really are looking sloppy. Xhaka’s text book blast from outside the box was embarrassingly wide and Huddersfield must have been feeling a little more confident before the break. Arsenal need to realise that a single early goal does not guarantee the three points, and I’m sure Wenger will have made that clear in the dressing room at half-time….

Second half arrived and Lacazette, who looked like he took a knock early on, was replaced by Giroud and will hopefully be okay for United on Saturday. Straight away Arsenal flew out of the blocks and Ozil really should have scored but looked a little slow to shoot.

Huddersfield seemed to have flooded the defence but when given some space they were all over Arsenal and came close again to an equaliser. This game is not as cut and dried as we thought, despite Wenger playing his best side, and Arsenal were just saved again by Petr Cech.

Arsenal were on the ropes and when Sanchez went down with what looked like a self-induced injury, Wenger was looking decidedly worried. But the Gunners rallied again and Ramsey was again the provider for Giroud (who was actually offside) but he went past the keeper and blasted it against the post. It would have been unfair if he’d scored to be fair…

But Arsenal asserted their game again and it looked nearly inevitable when Giroud was given loads of space to slot the ball past Fabianski, and within a minute Alexis had made it three and Huddersfield had fough the good fight but ultimately failed in yet another away game.

Now Arsenal’s fitness told and they were irrestistible, and Ozil added to his two assists by making it 4-0, and Wenger responded by bringing on Wilshere and Welbeck to cheers around the stadium.

Arsenal were flowing and Kolasinac had a dream chance for one of his screamers but lost the ball in his own feet, but the Gunners were totally comfortable and even Xhaka had a poke from outside the box.

Ozil and Ramsey will be contending for MOTM and Giroud came of the bench to score a crucial goal again and the 5th late on with the ball bouncing in the box. An excellent performance to make it 12 home wins in a row, and we now must make it 13 on Saturday. Huddersfield were spirited in the first half, but class told in the end….



  1. Eddy Hoyte says:

    Look guys i dont really think you guys know what Ozil brings to this team.
    Even though his body language is always poor, he’s one of our most important players.

    Look at us without him during the weekend and look at us today with him.
    the difference is clear

    1. Muff diver says:

      The enigma
      So bloody frustrating

      Clearly special . Can destroy teams
      Why doesn’t he do this more often !!

    2. Eddy Hoyte says:

      Lacazette out with groin injury, set to miss our game against Man Utd??

  2. Vijay says:

    haha powershift

  3. Uzi Ozil says:

    A lot of misplaced passes in the first half but a better second half. Well-done guys. Good to see a performing Ozil.

    Hope Lacazette is alright.

    Manchestwr united Next!

    1. Ackshay says:

      lets hope we bring the second half arsenal vs man u because we will get torn apart if we play like in the 1st half. so many misplaced passes it was almost comical but they sure fixed it in 2nd half.

  4. xhaka16 says:

    is it really a coincidence that anytime ozil plays and arsenal wins big he is usually the motm…… this guy may have his faults buh comparing him wit wilshere or iwobi is a stain to his legacy…. he is just the definition of brilliant he does this 4 games in every 5 games and I will have no problem wit him whatsoever

    1. Muff diver says:

      He does 4 in every 5 games

      You dyslexic ?!

  5. Anko says:

    A very professional display from our players. I thought we played well and I throughly enjoyed watching them. Thanks to Ozil!

  6. Anko says:

    I thought we needed the goals as it might become very important eventually, happy am I ????

  7. Sue says:

    5 goals!!! Get in there! Thank you Arsenal my dream team has plenty more points ?
    Please lets beat United on Saturday!! COYG

  8. Adeyemi Royalman says:

    Great win great goaaaaaalssss

    1. Anko says:

      Ozil was an absolute dynamite tonight! I pray he turns on again Man U

  9. Godswill says:

    I was just praying for any win but didn’t know that it was Christmas already.
    Thank you lads. You’ve done well.
    It is as if Cech has reinvented himself.
    5 – nothing is a great win. let’s carry the form to weekend.
    Pray that manure will go back with tail in – between their legs.
    Good night all. See you on Saturday.

  10. Sam says:

    Power shift in 7th position on the table???

  11. Elliot says:

    This powershift is killing me ?.

  12. atuzy says:

    Everybody talking about ozil’s brilliant display but failed to acknowledge RAMSEY. that guy is an engine. with two assist, wuld easily be my man of the match.

    1. Paul says:

      I’m tired of these ozil lovers, Ramsey initiated all the goals, with great through balls, the through balls we expect from ozil. And ozil gets the credit, when he plays woefully next, they’ll keep shut, when the team scores goals, ozil’s name is shouted whereas Ramsey is the real creative engine, analyse games with videos before you give someone that doesn’t deserve credits plaudits

      1. Paul says:

        Yea, I’d say another one, watch our games again with your mind open, and see that sanchez this season and ozil are our average attacking players, they give the obvious pass and sanchez just delays too much hereby stopping most counters, Sanchez’s final ball is very poor, ozil doesn’t show up against better opponents cos he’s bang average, our most creative players for now are Ramsey and kolasinac, and we play very well when they turn up which they mostly do, it is sanchez and Alexis that tunes up to them whenever they like. And lacazette, well, if he gets the service, he’s clinical.
        Bellerin’s final ball is poor these days and he should get competition, mustafi is getting plaudits now, but he’s average at best, monreal is an average player, but he’s giving he’s all which makes him look very good, koscielny is great and cech is getting on form. Xhaka needs competition from Wilshere or coquelin depending on opponents attacking strength, coquelin for stronger sides………..
        Yea, and welbeck, he’s not scoring cause he’s clumsy……………….
        Watch our games again, analyze well and say this guy is always right

        1. Nine says:

          U seem like a dude who smokes it upside down!

  13. Adena Olatunji says:

    I said it yesterday when the FA decide that a team should win epl all the decisions will definitely go their way. I don’t know what happened on the field that made the reference give 5 extra minutes. The funny thing is that the ref.did not blow the whistle until rahim stelin scored the goal

    1. HRM says:

      I watched the highlights… Sterling scored on the stroke of 95mins, so I don’t see anything wrong there!!!

  14. Ali davidson says:

    Did u read the article before post it? Are u really sure FAbianski was the GK for Huddersfield?

  15. Okayblack says:

    Where are those Ozil haters? Gone to bed early?
    U see how important Mesut Ozil is to our System…
    Struggle without him… Fluidity with him. MOTM for me!

    1. GoonAR says:

      Yeah yeah yeah like you’ve never criticized Ozil after horrendous performances/effort.

    2. ThirdManJW says:


      Fantastic display from Ozil, but remember that it was at home, against a promoted side who have been terrible away from home. I expect Ozil to be performing like that in these games, but I also expect Ozil to performing like that against quality opposition, and those really tough games, which he doesn’t do consistently. He was brilliant against Spurs, but where was he against City, and Liverpool? And he wasn’t even needed when we put in two fantastic performances in two really tough away games against Burnley, and Chelsea. Where we also kept two clean sheets.

  16. Tristan says:

    Fabianski? he plays for swansea does he not?

  17. Tristan says:

    That aside, good to see everyone happy, bout time we had a convincing win & with respect to huddersfield se should beat them well.

  18. Himman1 says:

    Arsenal doing great at the moment, wish we can keep the momentum going. I hope Laca’s injury is minor coe he’s important for this team…… Man U next for the slaughter… COYG

    1. Tristan says:

      love to beat the scum 😉

  19. COYG_CA says:

    Ozil will show up for the Man U match, he will try to show them why they should pay him 300k a week . . .

  20. ks-gunner says:

    I will say it again, Mesut is a luxury player, if the team performs bad, he will be lost, if the team plays good, he is going to make them excelent. Let us hope for the best and beat manure

    1. Jib says:

      A luxury is something you don’t need, but is something you want and is nice to have. So we don’t need ozil in our team at all to be successful? I’m going to disagree with you. There are plenty of stats that would also disagree with you as well.

      1. ks-gunner says:

        If succes to you means 4th, then no, if you are thinking of 1rst, then deff yes

        1. Jib says:

          I just want to double check. You’re saying we don’t need Ozil in our team at all? Just a luxury item?

          1. ks-gunner says:

            We need him very bad, now that we have a proper striker up front

          2. Jib says:

            He can’t be a luxury player that we need badly. That makes no sense. Luxury players aren’t vital to a team. Apart from santi who can match ozil in creativity?
            I agree with your reasoning, we do need him to provide especially now we have great runs, a burst of pace and clinical finishing.

  21. adi says:

    We dont hate ozil because he is shit, we know what he is capable of, is that when he doesnt perform like he should its a shame, thats what we hate, Ozil not performing

  22. Mitch Connor says:

    Ozil is not a luxury player as a luxury player is just excess to your needs. If Ozil went to United, he would be a luxury player because they already have Mata.

    Nobody in our squad can play CAM position with same quality as Ozil. Ozil is amazing when he is at his best. Ozil isn’t consistent. That is his only problem. He can be a bit lazy sometimes. Also we don’t have top central midfielders behind him (ie Cazorla).

    But I guarantee that Ozil will Excell if he goes to United because he will have Pogba and Matic behind him. He won’t play as much as here because they have Mata.

  23. Ackshay says:

    Ozil in some way is a barometer of the team, when we turn up against big teams to play he plays brillantly, when we dont he goes missing. People overly criticise him while conveniently forgetting that the rest of the team was also missing.
    Would you work harder to compensate for your teammates weakness when they dont bother trying or helping you, so why should he ?

    1. Paul says:

      That’s where the definition of world class comes in, players that drag their teams to scrappy wins like suarez scoring 2 free kicks in a match when he was at Liverpool, he dragged them most times then, like Messi does for barca , like hazard did for Chelsea seasons ago and he still does sometimes, that is what makes them legends, standing out and producing special moments that will be printed in our memories for life …………….yea exactly like what ashavin did against Liverpool when he scored 4 goals , talent, drive and passion.
      I’m 100% sure ozil doesn’t have the drive or the passion

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