Arsenal 5 Huddersfield Town 0
Lacazette 3, Giroud 68, 87, Alexis 69, Ozil 72

Anytime you score five goals and keep a clean sheet, the result has to be celebrated by the victor and Arsenal’s 5-0 rout of Huddersfield was no different. With just three minutes on the clock, Alexandre Lacazette fired in the opener. Huddersfield though played an open game and attacked through Colin Quaner and Elias Kachunga but we’re unable to get on the scoresheet. The early second half display suggested that the Terriers would continue to battle, but that just played into the Arsenal hands who having soaked up some initial pressure, ruthlessly picked Huddersfield off with four further goals. Substitute Olivier Giroud grabbed a brace, with Mesut Ozil and Alexis firing in in-between. The only sour note of the Arsenal rout was the news that Lacazette suffered a groin strain and will miss Saturday’s visit of Manchester United.

There was just one change from the Gunners’ line up which won at Burnley. Ozil came in for Alex Iwobi who dropped to the bench. Arsenal started brightly and were rewarded inside the first five minutes. Granit Xhaka won possession high up to feed Aaron Ramsey. His quick flick fell to Lacazette and the France striker cooly finished past Jonas Lossl.

The alert Lacazette however almost set up a second goal when he chased down the ball to clip over Lossl. Martin Cranie cleared, with Sead Kolasinac unable to guide the ball into the open net. Anyone expecting the Gunners to build on that early lead were surprised to see the visitors create and move the ball. Xhaka’s poor back pass let Mounie in, but Shkodran Musatfi was there to mop up the danger. Mustafi was the recipient of a nasty studs up challenge from Elias Kachunga, it deserved at least a yellow card, but nothing was given.

Mounie had claims for a penalty waived away after he and Mustafi tangled, and Koscielny had to be alert to block when the same player threatened.

1-0 at the break, and a swarm of black shirts came out buzzing at Arsenal in the scone half and that almost got them level. Quaner bustled his way through and took aim at Cech’s goal. Cech got down low to block his shot. Quaner then should’ve been penalised for handling at the other end, but the Arsenal attack were not to be denied for too long. Giroud rounded Lossl but saw his shot come back off the upright with his follow up hitting the side netting.

Alexis tricked his way through to beat his marker, but hit off target. After 68 minutes, Arsenal had their second. Özil played in Giroud to fire in at Lossl’s near post. Moments later, Alexis fired in a third after more good work from Özil. Their lethal four minute blast saw another goal, this time Ozil latching onto Ramsey’s pass for 4-0. It was brilliant from Arsenal and demoralising for Huddersfield.

On came Jack Wilshere for Ramsey and his trickery at pace was the last thing a tiring Terriers needed. With three minutes remaining, Kolasinac hustled his way in past his marker, clipped the ball over and Giroud was there to strike in Arsenal’s fifth goal.

Much to be pleased about on this display, and the perfect form – five goals and a clean sheet going into Saturday’s arrival of Manchester United.