In all honesty, Arsenal’s 2-1 win at Huddersfield on Saturday was not all that convincing. If the Terriers would have had slightly more quality they really could have got something from the game. It was the story of Huddersfield’s season, as they toiled but lacked a cutting edge in attack to really trouble the Arsenal defence. On another day, Arsenal could have suffered another disappointing away day.
All that mattered was three points
In the end, all that mattered was that the Gunners ending a six-game winless run on their travels that dated back to November. Arsenal have put in some truly lacklustre displays on their travels of late, so to record a victory in Yorkshire has at least stopped the rot when it comes to poor away results.
It is unlikely that many will remember that the Gunners did not exactly produce the greatest performance. The only thing that will be remembered is the fact that Unai Emery’s team recorded a win. It was not exactly a memorable game, so even that might not be remembered.
Emery will know where the problems lie
Emery is an intelligent coach, who has worked in football a good while. The Spaniard will know his team’s problems and weaknesses. At times on Saturday, he looked genuinely concerned about his team’s display. The former Sevilla boss is not a perfect coach by any stretch of the imagination. However, he does not exactly have an easy job. He took over a decent squad of players, which obviously needed improving in the summer.
The players the club brought in have done okay. However, they were obviously not enough to make the Gunners good enough to guarantee a top-four finish this season. Even in games like Saturday’s the team’s limitations are visible.
Still in the race for the top-four despite poor away form
The Gunners away form has obviously hampered their challenge for the top-four this season. Unai Emery’s team are currently odds of 3/1 to finish in the Champions League spots this season.
The north London team are still well in with a shout of finishing in the top-four, in spite of their poor away form. Favourably home games against Bournemouth and Southampton in the next two league matches should keep them in with a chance of finishing in the league’s top-four this season.
If Emery’s side does manage to clinch a top-four spot, it will be a big achievement for the Spanish boss. The backing the clubs hierarchy has given him has been shocking.
Could Saturday’s win at Huddersfield turn the Gunners away form around?