Look Who’s Back! Arsenal v Huddersfield Line-Up and Preview

Three matches every week with Christmas approaching. That must be a bit of a new area for Emery. Once again it’s welcome to the Premier league as we thank our stars that Emery is a quick learner. Moaningho had one day extra rest for his team more than ours but still made seven changes against us. He gambled on fresh legs and that assured he survived us. Or was it our hard luck with injuries that sprang him from jail? Against Huddersfield I expect Emery to send out a team with fresher legs. I’d be surprised to see the likes of Bellerin, Kolasinac, Aubamayang start. They have played every minute of our last two premier league games only 3 days apart and they can do with a role from the bench for this 3rd game in 6 days!

Mustafi, Sokratis and Torreira are the only other outfield players to have done the same but injuries/fitness issues in our central defense would likely compel Emery to start the former two in a 4-man back line. I tip Lucas Torreira, who has proved crucial to the balance of the team, to start too but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets substituted in the match.

Studies have shown that a rest of less than 4 days does have, more often than not, a negative effect on the stamina of a team and s-t-a-m-i-n-a has been our ace this term. Huddersfield have enjoyed a 4 day rest, one critical day more rest than us. It is a disadvantage we have to offset with fresher legs not to talk about the fact that insufficient rest between matches predisposes players the more to injuries.

Will Ozil be back? Is Ramsey fit? Kozzer on the bench? Many things in doubt, but not in doubt is our collective desire to finish in the top four. Who dare lose points in this race of champions more so lose them unexpectedly. We dare not lose points to Huddersfield at the Emirates. Such would be a stumble of regrettable proportions.

No need talking about our injury woes. By the end of the day it about evens out for everybody. But, but …. the team is going to miss the fast improving Rob Holding, easily our best ball playing defender. I wish him a quick and complete recovery.

Has anybody found a route to Emery’s mind? Definitely not me. Well here’s another long shot:-

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Bench:- Cech, Bellerin, Kozzer, Monreal, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Aubamayang.

19th on the 1st half table and 2nd on the 2nd half table after 15 games is a statistical quirk. Correction is bound to begin and everything is pointing to Arsenal taking a 1st half lead for the first time this season.

Prediction:- 3-0 to the good guys.


By PE.

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38 Responses to Look Who’s Back! Arsenal v Huddersfield Line-Up and Preview

  1. TotalArsenal says:

    Hey PE, thank you once again for the preview. Love it!

    I am also in agreement with that starting-11, hoping that Ozil is fully recovered and ready to provide much needed creativity in midfield. Having Xhaka-Torreira-Ozil on the pitch again would be brilliant. Starts for Mkhi and Iwobi works for me too and I hope they both start with the right focus and energy. Laca start is a no-brainer. Bring on Ramsey and Auba after 60 minutes, increase the tempo, and boom boom we can take the three points.
    But it will not be easy and I reckon your 3-0 is a bit too positive.

    Really hoping Kozzer can get some minutes today as we will need him this month. Love the idea of playing AMN and Licht on the ‘wings’ today.


  2. AB says:

    Good preview PE. No Kola though? Is he injured? Surely starts otherwise. I’d prefer that we stick with 3 at the back. Licht or Jenks maybe on the right. Or even Elneny in the middle.

  3. Goonereris says:

    Good preview, PE. I know most of these players can get their rest on Thursday night, but the likes of Torreira, Iwobi and Mustafi (less so) look like they could use the rest. Of course, I can’t doubt Emery’s ability to gee them up for this important game; but, I will give them the rest. If Elneny, Koscielny, ESR and/or Nketiah cannot be trusted to beat Huddersfield, then our squad depth is a myth, injuries considered.

    It’s hard to know what Emery is thinking. Is he looking at Thursday and knowing he can rest nearly all the team, put out a strong squad, as PE’s predicted line up is? Or does he look at how knackered we looked at OT and rest the busier chaps? We’ll see. Either way, we need the win badly.

  4. Goonereris says:

    I think in order to encourage the individual pursuit of the top scorer award, Auba could be the exception and gets to start as many games as possible. So, just putting out my wish here.

    Lichsteiner. Sokratis. Koscielny

    Jenkinson. Elneny. Xhaka. Kolasinac


    Mkhi. Auba

  5. Goonereris says:

    If Ozil and Ramsey aren’t fit, then Iwobi gets to start. AM-N, Laca and Guendouzi to get a run-out later.

  6. Pony Eye says:

    Eris, your thinking is spot on. Starting both Auba and Laca.

  7. Pony Eye says:

    Looks like a 3:5:2.

    Musti, Sokr, Lichst.
    Bel, Douzi, Torreira, Xhaka, Kola
    Auba, Laca.

  8. Pony Eye says:

    Subs:- Cech, Kos, Monr, Elneny, Iwobi, Mkhi, Nketiah.

  9. AB says:

    Happy enough with that defensively. Can Guendi be the 10 supplier to the front 2? Or will we see the midfield generally be the providers? Not as much on the bench as we have been used to of late, so hope we start more positively than usual; I’d like to see Eddie and Elneny get decent chances to show their value in the second half.

  10. Pony Eye says:

    Guendouzi most advanced midfielder apparently.

  11. Pony Eye says:

    Glad about Kos and Nacho on bench.

  12. Goonereris says:

    Oh well. Emery has gone for a strong side to start. That is making a choice not to underrate the opposition.
    Okay; let’s get the win and some goals.


  13. Goonereris says:

    Most advanced midfielder looks to be a combo of both Torreira and Guendouzi. Xhaka has had to shrug off some very close physical attention. We’ve started too slowly and have allowed the guests to come out strong on our perch. But that’s nothing we couldn’t have said about nearly all our league games. Long injury break coming up as one of the Huddersfield players goes down after clashing with Guendouzi.

  14. Goonereris says:

    Odd. The Ref has just shown Xhaka a yellow card, apparently for simulation, whereas he was well and truly clipped by Aaron Mooy. What a silly miss by the Ref.

  15. Pony Eye says:

    It’s a dull 1st half from us. No creativity in the midfield.

  16. Pony Eye says:

    Mkhi or Iwobi for Douzi.

  17. njk84sg says:

    When did a clear pen with a kick on the foot is deemed as an act of deceiving the ref and when is the defender touching the ball an offsite for us?

    The linesman and ref are clearly blind.

  18. jw1 says:

    Both Sokratis and Mustafi now slated to miss Soton next week. Will we hit the trifecta and see Torreira booked too?

  19. jw1 says:

    Both Sokratis and Mustafi now slated to miss Soton next week. Will we hit the trifecta and see Torreira booked too?

  20. jw1 says:

    Hall-time changes will be interesting.


  21. jw1 says:

    Fouls are 12/6 HT– yet YCs are 4/3 Gunners.


  22. Goonereris says:

    The Ref is out of his depth clearly. His choice to not mete out punishment early on has only emboldened the rotational fouls on our players.

    Having said that, this is turning out to be a harder game than envisaged. Could it be the lack of freshness? And how do you explain taking off Lacazette?
    The rash of yellows on our players for the silliest of reasons is almost pre-meditated; like the Ref has studied the list of players returning from suspension and those on the brink of suspension, to hand them out. We are going to have to graft this one out. Auba has to tuck one of these chances away or he can kiss the top scorer gong goodbye.

    And now, Mustafi has done his hamstring.

  23. Goonereris says:

    Looks like Koscielny to come on.

  24. Goonereris says:

    Monreal gets the nod instead, for good reason. Game is more intense than we bargained for. 😄

  25. henrychan says:

    Torriera give us 3 points.. it’s his second goal..
    Hope his goal will continuously coming.. hehehe..

  26. Goonereris says:

    Looks like most fans have taken time off to go grab a coffee, stiff drink or whatever is needed to do, akin to heaving a collective sigh of relief. With Spurs ahead at Leicester, we will close the match day in 5th, but equal on points with Chelsea who’ve ended any aspirations City may have had for an “invincible” season. So, that leaves Liverpool and frankly, they look more likely to lose a game soon than that City squad. 2-0 flatters Chelsea on their 1st half performance but, they were more purposeful in the 2nd half and probably deserved the win, if not that scoreline.

    Emery should give some of the lads like two days off training. Mustafi (now injured), Sokratis, Bellerin, Kolasinac, Torreira, Auba, Iwobi and even Lacazette could use time away. The likes of Kos, Ozil, Xhaka, Mkhi, Ramsey and Cech, along with the rest of the squad need to be put through their paces, however. It’s going to be a difficult month as the games come thick and fast.

  27. Goonereris says:

    Yeah, Henrychan. Super goal too by Torreira. Ona day our goal poachers couldn’t find their shooting boots.

  28. henrychan says:

    Yes Eris, this month as usual will be a tough month.. luckily our youngsters is more than ready to cover.. The Big games will be only Spurs at Carabao.. and Liverpool..

    we must seriously considered Paul Tierney as another Mike Dean.. hehehe..
    Such a bad decisions he made..

    After draw to MU.. our team look so tired..
    on the other hand, MU was very energized.. as they didn’t lost to the mighty Arsenal.. hehehe..

    City lost is an advantage for all.. The games become more interesting.. and for us, although Chelsea take his 4th place, but it make our history “the invincible” remain untouchable.. hehehe..

  29. njk84sg says:

    Ko Henry, no.. the ref yesterday is much worse than Dean.

    We had good chances yesterday but the momentum was broken by the constant rugby tackles and the penalties that somehow did not materalise. We might be able to get those yellows chalked off via video evidence. Unless this is a consipracy by FA.

  30. allezkev says:

    Agree with Eris, the game seemed to big for the referee yesterday and Huddersfield took advantage, playing on the edge of legality and often crossing that line.

    I thought we did well to escape that game without serious injury, Guendouzi got ‘done’ a few times, great to see a Nacho back and just in time we’re going to need him this month.

    I guess that Sokratis can play a part next Thursday as he’ll be suspended at Southampton.
    That is going to be a very dangerous game at St Mary’s, new manager syndrome…

    Elneny, Cech, Jenkinson, Maitland Niles and a few kids this Thursday, Koscielny for an hour perhaps?

  31. jw1 says:

    Don’t hear much from Dimitar Berbatov in general.
    Thought I’d share this bit– from Sky Sports Goals On Sunday–

    Former ManUnited striker Dimitar Berbatov revealed he is ‘pissed off’ with Arsenal youngster Matteo Guendouzi. Berbatov, speaking on Sky Sports Goals On Sunday, said: ‘He’s 19 but he’s playing like he’s been there forever. Sometimes I’m watching him– like I want to be against him– because [he] pisses me off with the confidence he has.’

    (Presenter Ben Shepherd apologised to viewers for the Bulgarian’s language.)

    ‘He’s so confident on the ball and he’s everywhere on the pitch. I’ve watched him. He’s in the box, running out with no problem,’ he continued. ‘You can be 19 and have the mentality and experience of a 24-year-old. Age doesn’t matter. He’s unbelievable.’

    Rare to hear much positive in the press from former players about our youngsters. 🙂


  32. jw1 says:

    Very much like Lucas Torreira’s Twitter avatar:


  33. jw1 says:

    Go see the shot he posted yesterday:


  34. njk84sg says:

    The scissors kick reminded me of Ollie’s goal for us a few seasons ago, albeit another direction. It is a good way to see the team doing everything they can to breach the keeper, and they did.

    Hope to see the youngsters play the game on Thursday.


  35. allezkev says:

    I was a bit surprised that Emery brought off Lacazette last Saturday, especially as he’d come closest to scoring, but I Trust In Unai and we won, so the plaudits are his…
    And maybe he was keeping something in the Laca tank?

    With Southampton, Spuds, Burnley and Seagulls in quick succession (10 days) I wonder if Emery might go Lacazette, Aubameyang, Lacazette and Aubameyang up front alone, in those four games to save their legs before the big one at Anfield?

  36. jw1 says:

    There seems to be a theme developing. Beginning with United and now Huddersfield– where both were obviously physical matches? Those teams aggressively targeting our midfielders when meting out the fouls. The blogger over at 7amkickoff (Tim, who apparently our HT has met!) did a pair write-ups following each match. Entertaining and interesting reads.


    Apparently when more than one link is placed in a post– it goes into ‘moderation’ for approval. I’ll post the second link below.


  37. Goonereris says:

    The headlines did their best to make the Berbatov comment appear like a negative take on Guendouzi. It was only after going to his actual Quotes I realized it was a compliment. Berbatov also had something to say about what Ozil could do to keep his place under Emery.

    Well, he should know having been one who was accused of laziness and not fitting into Fergie’s United side, when he was there, despite always banging in the goals the few minutes he played.

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