Arsenal are in the middle of a gruelling run of fixtures at the moment, but our best players can have some respite on Thursday when we can play a completely rotated team against Qarabag in the Europa League. We have already qualified from the Group and a draw will guarantee we finish top but we really need to rest some players – as fatigue, injuries and suspensions are starting to make an impact on the squad.
A couple of years ago UEFA made the Champions League fairer by seeding clubs based on who were actually champions of their country. That avoided the bizarre scenario of the likes of Man City winning their domestic title but then being in pot 4 based on not having the European history of their rivals.
Arsenal may have made hard work of beating Huddersfield but we have extended our unbeaten run to 21 games and got 3 more precious points to keep us in touch with the Top Four. It may not have been an exciting game for the neutrals, but the Gunners finally broke down the dour and organized Northerners with a wonderful bit of magic from Lucas Torreira. Young Alfie Culshaw was at the game, and he soaked up the atmosphere when Lucas scored to share it with us.
Arsenal will face the Azerbaijani side Qarabag on Thursday in which should be little more than a training game for the Gunners, and we are likely to see lots of up and coming youth players getting a run out, but more importantly Emery must find some way to put out a strong defensive line-up for the trip to Southampton on Sunday to keep our unbeaten run going.
When Arsenal were scoring 4 goals last weekend some fans and pundits used it as evidence that we don’t need Ozil. If you are being objective, you can’t criticise someone when we are winning without him, and then not call a spade a spade when it’s clear his creativity was missed on Saturday.
Arsenal had all the possession but zero penetration other than through the magic feet on Lucas Torreira, but three points is three points. We hardly reached the heights of the last week but we have earned a well deserved rest after 7 points in 8 days….
Here are my ratings:
Arsenal secure another gritty win by Konstantin Mitov
Good morning, evening or whatever part of the day or night is Arsenal people. We took on Huddersfield and a lot of people were expecting a pretty easy win and but it was anything but that. We had 2 excellent chances in the first half to finally have the lead at halftime but somehow Auba and Lacca squandered them.
You could say I’m a little bit biased, but after seeing the brilliant goal scored by Lucas Torreira against Tottenham last week and then followed up by one of the shots of the season today against Huddersfield, I think should be playing up front more often!