Arsenal 1 Huddersfield Town 0
Torreira 83

Lucas Torreira struck a late stunning overhead kick to finally break Huddersfield’s resistance at the Emirates on Saturday. With the visitors digging in deep and valiantly aiming to get something from this game, the Gunners cut shadows of frustration with a lack of luck also costing them. That all changed seven minutes from time when Matteo Guendouzi’s ball to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the right of the Huddersfield area was floated back over by the Gabon striker where Torreira  swivelled his body to bicycle kick the ball into the net. Arsenal had earned that goal, but were made to work hard for the three points against a side who will once again be fighting for their Premier League lives.

Maybe Arsenal were still feeling the after effects of the north London derby followed by the midweek trip to Old Trafford. Whatever it was, the Gunners were not quite firing on all cylinders. Unai Emery saw as much and his double half time substitution of Stephan Lichtsteiner Alexandre Lacazette for Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan saw his side pose more of a threat in the second half.

How Lacazette’s earlier effort was disallowed for off side when he chased down a back pass was bewildering. VAR would have corrected that error. Aubameyang should have profited from Granit Xhaka’s pass which he directed low, but just the wrong side if the upright. Torreira has got a taste for goals and his effort form 25 yards was going in until Jonas Lossl got his palm on it for a fine save. The frustrations were evident from all over the Emirates, and for Emery it was a reminder – if he’d needed one, of how tough the Premier League is. Still, Emery was clam on the side lines, but as the giant clock of the clock end ticked ever closer to full time, the crowd’s frustrations were being felt.

Torreira’s brilliant strike relieved that tension, and a seven minute time added period notwithstanding, Arsenal held on to new sew their unbeaten run extended to 21 games in all competitions.

Emery said: “I think today was a very important result. We wanted to win this way playing with a bigger rhythm over 90 minutes, but they stopped our rhythm a lot over 90 minutes. There were also a lot of yellow cards, fouls and time wasting. We needed patience and to win by waiting for our moment. In the first half we had chances and maybe a goal, and in the second half it was the same. The goal came later but it’s given us a good result in the end.”

The Arsenal Head Coach also praised Torreira who has now scored twice in his last three games.

“Last week he scored and today he scored again. He has quality and his interpretation of the pitch tactically, and his perception in attacking moments and defensive moments. He’s very fast in his mind and his feet too. He can do very good work in defensive moments and, like today and last week, he can also get into the box and score like today.”

The Gunners next switch their attentions to Europa League action when Qarabag arrive in N5 on Thursday, while a Premier League trip to Southampton beckons next Sunday.