Arsenal win the hard way at Huddersfield

Arsenal win the hard way at Huddersfield

Arsenal win the hard way at Huddersfield

Arsenal haven't kept a clean sheet on the road in the league all season, although when Emery was questioned about this, he didn't seem phased.

Mesut Ozil has not traveled with Arsenal to Belarus for their Europa League last-32 tie with BATE Borisov. Unai Emery was not so happy with the performance over the 90 minutes, but still praised the players after the game.

"Knowing we need to take the regularity at home and away, and today this victory I think can give us confidence and the possibility to continue our target in the Premier League". He has given youngsters like Joe Willock and Emile Smith-Rowe the chance to shine, but he has surrounded those starlets with enough quality and experience to still win games. They have only won two of their last 11 UEL home games, and in the Champions League they have won just three of their last nine.

Once again our squad was depleted with Aubameyang, Ramsey and Xhaka all missing, while Ozil was once again "ill" and missed the cold, long trip up to Yorkshire. If we ask if it's easy or hard for us then I think it's hard, but we can [do it].

If the Gunners are to finish in the top four and also push for the UEFA Europa League crown, Mkhitaryan will have a big role to play.

Despite this, the Stamford Bridge club can not be discounted and Arsenal will have to keep a close eye on both these teams. They are in their pre-season and have had an overhaul of their squad, with seven departures and three players coming in.

Arsenal struck 10 goals past Bate when the teams met last season but they are taking nothing for granted.

Manchester United and Arsenal have been told to sell their highest paid players as soon as possible to prevent further financial damage on their clubs. Winning this competition is potentially Arsenal's best route to Champions League qualification, so I expect Emery to pick a strong line-up here.

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