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EPL: Arsenal Stun Huddersfield to keep top four hopes alive

By Michael Duah
EPL: Arsenal Stun Huddersfield to keep top four hopes alive
EPL: Arsenal Stun Huddersfield to keep top four hopes alive

Arsenal registered their first away win in six matches after beating Huddersfield 2-1 on Saturday, February 9.

Alex Iwobi's deflected effort which followed by Alexandre Lacazette easy goal saw the Gunners take control in the first half. Second half the visitors struggled to keep the ball and in the stoppage time, the north London side once again failed to keep a clean as Sead Kolasinac put the ball in his own net.

Not the best start from the visiting team as Arsenal could not keep hold of the ball and was almost punished in the early minutes. A chance for Arsenal came in the 8th minute but Kongolo pulled off a tacked straight out of the top drawer to keep the game level because Lacazette was ready and waiting to fire his side ahead.

Iwobi goal

Despite the shaky start to the game, Arsenal took the lead in the 16th minute through Iwobi. Kolasinac crossed from the left without a hint of a curl on it and the ball went straight into the middle meeting Iwobi, who volleyed it towards the goal. It took a deflection off Kongolo, but Hamer looked like he had got fish fingers in his gloves as he palmed it into the corner.

Penalty claim

A corner for Huddersfield was cleared at first but it was volleyed back into the area where it met Koscielny, seemingly on the arm. He went down clutching his nether region and replays showed the ball did strike him, but his arms were pretty close to his body. It looked a painful one for the Frenchman as he did end up knocking the ball into the last place he would want to hit.

Lacazette’s goal

Huddersfield’s defence was absolutely in shambles. A second goal was harsh on them but they were exposed down their left-hand side. Mkhitaryan spotted Maitland-Niles’ run on the right and played him in, his ball into the box was blocked at first but the second attempt across the six-yard area was turned in at the far post by Lacazette.

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Kolasinac's own goal

It was nothing but a consolation goal for the hosts who pulled one goal in the stoppage time. A lovely slide-rule pass into the box found Diakhaby whose shot bounced up off Leno and towards goal but Kolasinac, under pressure from Bacuna, decided to stab it into his own goal.

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