ARSENAL extended their unbeaten run to a remarkable 21 games with a hard-fought victory over Huddersfield at the Emirates.
After a frustrating first half, Unai Emery again made the changes at half-time.
He took off Stephan Lichtsteiner and Alexandre Lacazette for Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at the break as he need some attacking flair.
The Gunners huffed and they puffed and finally – FINALLY – they got the breakthrough when Lucas Torreira acrobatically volleyed home from a matter of yards.
Unsurprisingly a rather quiet afternoon for the German goalkeeper. But when called upon did exactly what was required.
Came in for the injured Rob Holding on the right side of the back-three. Booked for his angry reaction to a shocking Danny Williams tackle on Torreira. Taken off at half-time as Emery looked for the win.
In Koscielny’s absence has taken on a new leadership role few thought he could. Did not show it when he threw himself to the ground in the Huddersfield box. Limped off in second half and will be suspended for next week’s game against Southampton.
Received a deserved yellow card for a crunching tackle on Jonathan Hogg on the halfway line. Only one of the three centre-backs to complete the game as Emery switched from a back three to a back four at half-time.
Again, looks to be enjoying this right wing-back role. Got involved with plenty of attacks and linked up well with Lacazette up front.
Another solid performance from the young, balloon-inhaling midfielder. Let his feet do the talking this time around as he continually tried to break up play and look to create. Became the third Gunner booked for diving late on.
Deployed in a slightly more attacking role than he has been used to since arriving at the Emirates in the summer. Let fly from 25 yards in the first half but Jonas Lossl did well to palm it away. But made the difference with a spectacular overhead kick to win the game.
Returned into the midfield from his suspension at Old Trafford and returned to his usual game of breaking up the play in midfield. Inexplicably booked for a stupid dive when breaking through in midfield.
Solid again at left wing-back, getting into good positions but just struggled to find the crucial final ball at times.
Missed a glorious chance with 30 minutes gone as he slipped at the crucial moment and his effort went well over. Held the ball up well and linked up with Aubameyang. Thought he had scored the opener when he rounded Lossl but was flagged offside.
Also put a big chance wide with half an hour played, stabbing Xhaka’s miscued shot wide of the post. Other than that it was a quiet afternoon for the Gabon forward until he teed up Torreira for the winner.
Emery turned to the Nigerian forward to add some much-needed creativity in the second half. A sensible option but could have gone for goal from his own half when Lossl was sprinting back in the final moments.
Almost made an immediate impact after coming on at the break, firing a left-footed strike just wide. Looked good when on the ball but why would Arsenal want him over Aaron Ramsey long-term?
A fine reception rang around the Emirates when he made his long-awaited return from injury, coming in at centre-back alongside Sokratis. His experience helped see the game out in the seven minutes of injury time.