After two successive 2-1 losses in the league to Brighton and Bournemouth respectively, David Wagner’s side face a tough fixture away to Arsenal in the Premier League. Who will be the danger man for Arsenal? What is our record away to the Gunners? To find out the answers to those questions and more, read on.
Head to Head Record
Huddersfield Town and Arsenal have faced each other 76 times in all competitions, with 25 of those encounters ending in draws. Arsenal have won 35 of the games whilst Town have been victorious in only 16.
The last time that Town avoided defeat against the Gunners was in the second leg of a League Cup tie, drawing 1-1 at Highbury to lose the tie 6-1 on aggregate. We have to go all the way back to 1971 for the last occasion that Town beat Arsenal, 2-1 at home in the old First Division.
For the last away victory over Arsenal we have to go back 74 years when Andy Beattie’s side won 5-3 at Highbury, with Jimmy Glazzard finding the back of the net for The Terriers. A repeat of that score line (by either team) looks highly unlikely this afternoon – can you really see Town scoring 3 goals!?!?
Arsenal’s Danger Man: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The Gabonese striker is the top scorer in the Premier League thus far, scoring a total of 10 goals at a rate of 1 every 113 minutes. To put that into perspective, Town have scored at a rate of 1 goal every 141 minutes so far this season…
In total Aubameyang has scored 20 goals in 28 appearances for Arsenal since joining from Borrusia Dortmund. His explosive pace isn’t the only thing Town have to worry about this afternoon, with his shooting from range being incredibly potent too as shown in The Gunners 4-2 victory over local rivals Tottenham last weekend.
David Wagner’s Conundrum
What to do, what to do, what to do? Batten down the hatches, grit your teeth and hope for the best? Throw caution to the wind and go for the jugular? Or do something we’ve only managed once this season and find the perfect balance between the two?
On the face of it, Town’s chances of leaving London with anything other than a heavy defeat look very slim indeed. Arsenal are in great form at the moment and have some of the most potent attackers in Europe in their line-up.
Town have some of the most impotent attackers in Europe, as well as a pretty suspect defence so the odds aren’t particularly in our favour. One small glimmer of hope remains for David Wagner’s team though – Arsenal’s first-half record.
To date Unai Emery’s side have not held a first-half lead in the Premier League all season, showing their propensity to start games slow. On the flip side, they have gone on to win the majority of second-halves.
With that in mind, Town need look no further than Tuesday’s opponents Bournemouth for the perfect game plan. Hit Arsenal hard in the first 15-20 minutes of the game, try to eek out a lead and hold onto it for the rest of the game.
Whether Laurent Depoitre and Alex Pritchard will be able to be as clinical as Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser remains to be seen, but all we can do is hope ey?
Last season Town lost 5-0 at The Emirates against a sensational Arsenal team that were on the very top of their form. Despite that The Terriers had several good chances to score from Steve Mounie, Elias Kachunga and Collin Quaner.
The game plan that evening was similar to what we might hope to see today, hit Arsenal hard in the opening period and then hold on. However, we were profligate in front of goal and fell apart at the back, sound familiar?
We do expect that to happen again this weekend, we doubt that Depoitre will be a clinical beast in front of goal. But, we don’t envisage The Gunners blowing us away in the same manner that they did last season.
Therefore we are predicting a 3-0 win for Arsenal…
Not very optimistic, but let’s be realistic here. We haven’t won there in over 70 years, and they are good, very bloody good!
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