Arsenal are a real Jekyll and Hyde team. At home, they are hard to beat, prolific and a formidable opposition for most teams in the top-flight. However, on their travels, they turn into this team that struggle to pick up points.
Unai Emery’s side have picked up just two points from their last six away games in the Premier League while suffering defeats in four of their five matches away from north London.
Huddersfield should be the perfect opponent
That recent away record is poor for a team claiming to have top four aspirations. However, a trip to struggling Huddersfield later today could just prove the perfect tonic for the travel sick Gunners.
The Terriers are heading towards the Championship with little fight left in them. The Yorkshire side are currently 13 points from safety, having lost 11 of their last 12 league games. I doubt there is a team in any of England’s top four divisions who have a worse record than the Terriers in recent months. Even the appointment of a new boss in the shape of Jan Siewert has done little to stem the flow of defeats.
One of Town’s biggest problems has been their rather lame forward line. They have scored just once in their last six league matches. This is great news for a vulnerable and injury-hit Arsenal backline. The Gunners literally could not ask for a better away game to end their six-game winless run in the Premier League.
Arsenal could capitalise on Chelsea’s tough fixture
Arsenal suffered a blow to their top-four hopes last weekend when they suffered a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City, while the Blues ran riot 5-0 against the Terriers at Stamford Bridge. However, the flip of fixtures means that the Gunners can move level with Maurizio Sarri’s fourth-place team in the league.
The north London club may not move into fourth place, with fifth place Manchester United visiting struggling Fulham. However, a win would certainly move the Gunners closer to the Blues and mean they keep pace with in-form United.
In short, if Arsenal do not win at Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon, they do not deserve to be in the Champions League next season. The top teams swat away these sorts of teams with ease. However, Arsenal’s recent away displays will add just a tad of caution for fans about the trip to Yorkshire. Hopefully, the Gunners will record a comfortable victory as expected.
Will Arsenal do a professional job to beat Huddersfield comfortably at the John Smiths Stadium?