Arsenal extended their unbeaten run to 21 matches across all competitions following their close 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town in the Premier League. The Gunners managed just two shots on target despite holding nearly two-thirds of the possession and they eventually had to rely on Lucas Torreira’s sublime scissor-kick goal in the 83rd minute to secure them the maximum points in front of their supporters.
Two things we learned:
Lucas Torreira continues to impress: The Uruguay international has barely put a foot wrong with the defensive duties since the start of the season and of late, he has been offered the luxury to express himself in the attack. Torreira bagged his maiden goal during the recent north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur and he has since continued his good form with an assist and a goal versus Manchester United and Huddersfield Town respectively. The Gunners have lacked the presence of an all-round midfielder since the prime days of Santi Cazorla and Torreira seems to fit right into this category with his recent tendency to get into goal-scoring positions.
Arsenal’s defensive crisis worsens: The north Londoners had come into this game with Rob Holding potentially out for the rest of the season with a knee ligament damage, and they are now expected to face further concerns with both Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos suspended for the next league game against Southampton after picking up five yellow cards. In this case, Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny are the likely contenders to start at the heart of the defence, although the latter has not played a single minute for the Gunners since recovering from a serious Achilles injury. Koscielny could, however, get valuable gametime under his belt when the Gunners face Qarabag in the midweek Europa League clash.
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