Lucas Torreira strikes late to earn Arsenal a 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the Emirates Stadium, as the Gunners extend their unbeaten run to 21 matches.
The Uruguayan midfielder added to his goal in last weekend’s North London derby triumph with this crucial match-winner as Huddersfield’s brave resolve was broken late on.
With the three points, Arsenal climb above Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea into third in the Premier League table and extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 21 matches.
It took a whole for the game to come to life, starting when Arsenal squandered a couple of golden opportunities just prior to the half-hour mark. The first fell to the Premier League’s joint-top scorer but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could not divert Granit Xhaka‘s errant shot on target from eight yards.
His strike partner Alexandre Lacazette was even more culpable moments later when he was found unmarked on the penalty spot, only to lose his footing while pulling the trigger and ballooning his shot over the crossbar.
Referee Paul Tierney showed seven yellow cards in the space of 24 minutes before the break, two of them for simulation against Arsenal’s Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi, but the score remained goalless thanks in part to a controversial offside call.
While Lacazette was offside from Aubameyang’s initial flick-on, a short back-pass from Matthias Jorgensen appeared to bring the Frenchman back into play, and he rounded Jonas Lossl and slotted home only for the flag to go up.
Lossl was another reason that the deadlock remained intact at half time, producing a fingertip save to deny Torreira whose 25-yard piledriver was heading into the top corner.
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